Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the public got their first chance to speak directly to state lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed set of new congressional district maps, and most of those who did were critical of the plan. Democrats in the General Assembly released a proposed new map Friday that divides Illinois into 17 congressional districts, […]

How one Indiana town is reinventing emergency medical services

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — It’s a late-September morning and paramedic Darren Forman steps up to a front door showered with dried corn stalks and fall-themed decor. Forman, holding a bag in one hand and a scale in the other, has arrived for his second appointment of the day. Listen to this story here. Ashley Newkirk, […]

LB Jake Hansen’s career at Illinois ends after knee surgery

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery. Hansen was injured in the second quarter against Wisconsin on Oct. 9 and made his announcement on Twitter. He says it pains him to say he won’t play another game for the Illini. He thanked coaches, teammates, staff […]

R. Kelly’s Chicago trial on federal sex charges set for Aug. 1

CHICAGO — A federal judge has ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber appeared to have wanted the trial in Chicago […]

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday urged eligible Illinoisans to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and called on skilled nursing facilities to make booster shots available to patients and staff by Thanksgiving. Currently anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine and is over 65 years of age or at higher risk of COVID-19 because […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Yesterday, a three-judge panel ruled Democrats’ plan to redraw Illinois’ legislative district boundaries is unconstitutional. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is calling for federal investigations into the death of Jelani Day, an Illinois State University grad student whose body was found last month. A new comedy at Krannert Center focuses […]

Illinois Theater comedy exemplifies more diversity on stage

URBANA – A theater production with Latinx representative characters premiered last weekend at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It is part of a co-director’s effort to see more people of color on stage. Native Gardens, a play written by Karen Zacarias, is a comedy that discusses race, class and privilege, between […]