Most Deere workers reject contract offer from tractor maker

MOLINE — The vast majority of United Auto Workers union members rejected a contract offer from Deere & Co. Sunday that would have delivered at least 5% raises to the workers who make John Deere tractors and other equipment. Negotiators will return to the bargaining table Monday to try and work out a new deal […]

Strong storms bring rain and tornadoes to Central Illinois

Updated Monday at 7:15 p.m. URBANA – Meteorologists in Central Illinois are warning people to stay weather aware for strong to severe storms on Monday afternoon and evening. A tornado watch has been issued for Northern Illinois and parts of western Indiana until 9:00 p.m. Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, who forecasts the weather for Illinois Public […]

217 Today: Monday, Oct. 11, 2021

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois may start offering tax incentives to electric vehicle manufacturers as part of its bid to build up its green energy industry. Champaign-Urbana community members are looking for solutions to gun violence through local aid organizations. A post on the Justice for Jelani Day Facebook page says today’s scheduled burial […]

The Midwest lost two species to extinction, and humans are largely to blame

A century ago, people throughout the Midwest could hear the high-pitched staccato call of the ivory-billed woodpecker echoing in old-growth forests throughout the Mississippi River basin, from Montana to Louisiana. Now that call has been permanently silenced. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently declared 23 species, including birds, freshwater mussels and a flower, extinct. […]