Man arrested for deadly Champaign legion post shooting

CHAMPAIGN – A 20-year-old man was arraigned today for a deadly mass shooting that occurred in Champaign in July. The Champaign County State’s Attorney Office is charging Davucci Craig with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting at the American Legion post on Hickory Street. Police say Craig shot and killed 17-year-old Kieshaun Thatch, who […]

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms with three or four beds per room, […]

90 percent of OSF HealthCare employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as mandate takes effect

PEORIA — Ninety percent of OSF HealthCare’s more than 24,000 employees system wide are vaccinated against COVID-19. The organization required employees to get vaccinated or obtain an exemption by the end of September. An OSF spokesperson says the healthcare system has granted both religious and medical exemptions from vaccination requirements. Those employees are subject to […]

217 Today: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration is pushing to make additional state funding for Illinois nursing homes contingent on facilities solving staffing issues. The mother of Jelani Day says she is working hard to learn how and why her son was killed. Higher fertilizer prices are pushing up the cost of growing […]

Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday after the United Auto Workers union said negotiators couldn’t deliver a new agreement that would meet the “demands and needs” of workers. The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week that would have delivered 5% […]

Coronavirus Information Center

As of October 14, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more than 44-million COVID-19 cases in the United States, including 716,370 deaths. This site is a compilation of the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, along with up-to-date resources and guidance from local, state and federal agencies. What […]