Pritzker to visit UK, tout climate-change efforts next week

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois mission is headed for the United Kingdom next week to discuss the state’s efforts to neutralize climate change while bolstering economic development. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said Wednesday that the Democrat and top staff members will travel to Britain and Scotland from Nov. 2-9 and attend the 2021 United Nations Climate […]

UAW member hit, killed by car near John Deere picket line

MILAN — Police say a vehicle struck and killed a United Auto Workers member as he was walking to a picket line outside a John Deere plant in Illinois. Milan, Illinois, Police Chief Shawn Johnson said the man was struck Wednesday morning near a road that leads to the John Deere Parts Distribution Center in […]

Air pollution in St. Louis helps fuel coronavirus spread, especially in communities of color

ST. LOUIS — The coronavirus spreads faster in areas with poor air quality, according to new research from Washington University. Researchers analyzed data on environmental, socioeconomic and health factors from a dozen U.S. cities, including St. Louis. They found that long-term exposure to microscopic air pollution and population density were both linked to faster coronavirus […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 Today’s headlines: Democrats in the Illinois Senate voted Tuesday night to repeal a decades-old law requiring the parents of teens who seek an abortion to be notified before the procedure. Jelani Day’s mother says the LaSalle County coroner’s report indicating her son drowned was an insult to her and her son. […]

Facing a shortage of substitute teachers, the Urbana School Board offers them a raise

URBANA – Urbana District 116 is the latest area school district to raise pay for its substitute teachers. The Urbana school board approved the increase Tuesday night. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Angi Franklin told the school board that the raise would be the first one for District 116 substitute teachers in more than four […]