One in four students regularly absent last year, Illinois report card shows

CHAMPAIGN — Learning did slow last year during pandemic school – especially for the state’s most vulnerable students. The Illinois State Board of Education dropped this information on Friday morning in its annual report card. “We need to recognize that for our Black and Hispanic children, remote learning was not very effective, particularly for English […]

GOP Trump critic Rep. Adam Kinzinger won’t seek reelection

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a noted critic of former President Donald Trump, is calling it quits rather than vying against U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood in a Republican primary next year. The Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly drew both Kinzinger and LaHood into the new 16th Congressional District, which stretches from the […]

Congressional redistricting plan clears General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers gave final approval in the early hours of Friday morning to a new congressional redistricting plan that divides the state into 17 districts, one fewer than it currently has due to its loss of population since the 2010 U.S. Census. It was the fourth draft plan that legislative Democrats had proposed […]

217 Today: Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 Today’s headlines:  Governor JB Pritzker’s effort to immediately shut down a promised wave of lawsuits challenging COVID vaccine mandates has come to the end of the road in Springfield.  Urbana residents are voicing concerns this week about the city’s plan to install roadside devices that could read the license plates of anyone […]

Health Care Right of Conscience changes will head to governor

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate joined the House on Thursday in approving a change to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that was requested by the governor and attorney general, putting it one signature away from becoming law. The HCRC Act currently prohibits discrimination against anyone for their “conscientious refusal to receive, obtain, accept, […]