Deere employees reject contract offer, will stay on strike

MOLINE – Workers at Deere & Co. have rejected a contract offer that would have given them 10% raises. Tuesday’s vote means workers will remain on strike in the hopes of securing a better deal. The raises in the latest agreement were twice as big as the ones in the original offer United Auto Workers […]

Day of the Dead Event Unifies C-U Community

URBANA – This week, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign community joined together to celebrate past loved ones for the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) at the University YMCA. Day of the Dead is celebrated from November 1-2. Celebrations typically involve creating shrines to remember those who have passed away. Chabeli Duran, a […]

Starkly different portrayals of Rittenhouse in Kenosha trial

KENOSHA, Wis.  — A prosecutor says Kyle Rittenhouse instigated the confrontation that led him to shoot three people on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a turbulent protest against racial injustice. But Rittenhouse’s attorney says his client acted in self-defense after one of the men dove for his gun and others kicked him in the […]

Watch live: Biden takes reporters’ questions abroad as his agenda stalls at home

Updated November 2, 2021 at 3:14 PM ET President Biden has promised delegates at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that the U.S. is prepared to spend billions on measures to address climate change, but that legislation remains mired in intra-party squabbling by Democrats back in Washington. Biden is expected to be pressed on […]

Centennial High School upperclassmen build back school community after the pandemic

CHAMPAIGN — Ninth graders started this fall at Centennial High School with trauma. There were midday gunshots near the Champaign high school in September. Other incidents included a social media threat and a student who brought a gun to school. The rattled freshmen turned to their peer advisor, Centennial senior Hussein Al-Juboory. “They were asking, […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 Today’s headlines:  Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order on Monday declaring gun violence a public health crisis in Illinois. lllinois’ economic growth slowed down in October, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index. Upperclassmen at Champaign’s Centennial High School have mentored freshmen for the past seven years. So, when […]

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which became law in June and aims to create […]

Rittenhouse trial goes to opening statements after jury set

KENOSHA, Wis.  — The homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse headed toward opening statements Tuesday after a jury was seated in just a day despite the polarizing nature of the case. About a dozen prospective jurors were dismissed after expressing strong opinions about the case or worrying that they couldn’t be fair. Others feared for their […]