Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any of the governor’s vetoes or amendatory vetoes […]

The U.S. is bracing for a virus that could devastate its hog operations

An African Swine Fever outbreak in the U.S. could kill millions of pigs in the country, mean financial ruin for some growers and put a quick end to the country’s lucrative pork exports. So federal and state officials, made all the more wary by the disease showing up in the Caribbean, have begun plotting how […]

Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family says

WASHIINGTON  — Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. In an announcement on social media, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. Powell was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state. […]

217 Today: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 Today’s headlines:  By the end of the month, Democrats who control the General Assembly will approve a new map determining Illinois’ congressional district boundary lines for the next decade. The Durga Puja festival took place over the weekend at the Channing-Murray Foundation in Urbana. The annual festival celebrates the Hindu goddess Durga. Nearly […]

Illinois urges residents to join worldwide earthquake drill

SPRINGFIELD — Earthquakes may be infrequent in Illinois, but state officials are urging the public to prepare by participating in a worldwide drill they say is the world’s largest. The drill, known as ShakeOut, is scheduled for Thursday morning. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says roughly 200,000 people in Illinois already have registered for the […]