Jelani Day art removal brings strong emotions to Normal Council chambers

NORMAL – A group of emotional public commenters chastised the Normal Town Council during its regular meeting Monday — as well as during an outdoor rally preceding that meeting — about the town’s controversial removal of an artwork honoring Jelani Day, an ISU graduate student whose death police continue to investigate. “The taking down of a […]

Judge refuses to toss weapons charge against Rittenhouse

MADISON, Wis. — A judge has declined to dismiss a weapons charge against an Illinois man accused of shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year. Prosecutors charged Kyle Rittenhouse with homicide and other crimes, including being a minor in possession of a firearm, after he killed two men and […]

Here’s why Dickson Mounds is temporarily closing some of its archaeological exhibits

The Illinois State Museum is temporarily shutting down some of the exhibits at Dickson Mounds in Lewistown. The museum is reviewing and removing some artifacts as part of a consultation process with the tribes whose ancestors are buried there. Illinois State Museum Director Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko said the museum system has struggled to comply with the […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 Today’s Headlines: Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday banning employers with state contracts from paying sub-minimum wage to workers with developmental disabilities. Northern Illinois University administrators say they’ve avoided COVID-19 outbreaks so far, even with the rise of the Delta variant. After two months of slight declines, the Flash Index […]