Attorneys argue on use-of-force experts at Rittenhouse trial

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge was weighing arguments Monday on whether use-of-force experts can testify at Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last year. Monday’s hearing is likely the last before Rittenhouse goes on trial Nov. 1 . He killed two people and wounded another […]

What a shrinking newspaper costs a community

SPRINGFIELD – Some version of the newspaper known today as The State-Journal Register has been published in Springfield and Sangamon County since 1831. It shared stories of fisticuffs in the state legislature and carried ads for elixirs and miracle cures. It reported on an ambitious local attorney and politician, named Abraham Lincoln — and in […]

Finding Black And Latino focused news in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – These days, you can find news anywhere, but not all sources are trustworthy. So we at ‘The 21st’ are asking: “Who’s in charge of the news?” Find out where to get news on communities of color, weigh whether new laws can save local journalism, and learn about who owns local TV stations and […]

217 Today: Monday, Oct. 25, 2021

Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 Today’s headlines: Democrats who control the General Assembly are preparing to approve new political boundary lines this week for the next 10 years of congressional elections in Illinois. Federal regulators are set to decide soon whether to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Local providers are […]

When this hedge fund buys local newspapers, democracy suffers

WASHINGTON — Have you heard of the hedge fund Alden Global Capital? If you’re a reader of local newspapers — particularly the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun or New York Daily News — you’re going to want to make sure the answer is yes. That’s because the fund is stepping in to buy — and […]