Pritzker order aims to end subminimum wage for disabled people in state contracts

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday that would prevent companies contracting with the state from paying disabled workers at less than the minimum wage. Pritzker took the action in what he said was a broader effort to try to push federal lawmakers to change the law that allows companies to pay […]

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram go down in major, worldwide outage

Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms were down across wide swathes of the world Monday. Facebook’s internal systems used by employees also went down. The company said it was aware that “some people are having trouble accessing (the) Facebook app” and it was working on restoring access. Regarding the internal failures, Adam Mosseri, the […]

Judge rules Vermilion County teachers, parents must follow state COVID-19 rules in schools

DANVILLE — Protestors from the group Vermilion County Health Advocates stood outside the Vermilion County Courthouse on Friday afternoon holding signs and wearing t-shirts saying “Unmask our Children” while cars honked in support.  Meanwhile — inside the courthouse — Judge Karen Wall ruled against both Danville District 118 teachers and parents from Hoopeston Area School […]

217 Today: Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 Today’s headlines: Women’s rights activists took to the streets of Champaign-Urbana on Saturday to march for abortion rights. A Vermilion County judge ruled last week against calls from some teachers and parents to remove state mandates for COVID-19 vaccines, testing and masking in schools. After merely steady increases, the price of […]

217 Today: Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Friday Oct. 1, 2021 Today’s headlines: After more than 18 months, Illinois’ eviction moratorium will finally expire on Sunday. Flu season is coming, and it’s expected to be more severe than the relatively mild influenza outbreak seen last year. A Champaign Unit 4 high school student is dead after a fatal shooting near an elementary […]

As Marijuana Industry In Oklahoma Booms, Rural Utilities Feel Growing Pains

STILLWATER, Okla. — The medical marijuana industry in many areas is booming, but some utility providers struggle to keep up with the growing need for water and electricity. Since Oklahomans legalized medical marijuana in 2018, nearly 10% of the population has obtained cards to buy cannabis. Meanwhile, 8,630 growers have opened shop in the state. […]