Two people with ties to Illinois killed at Houston concert

HOUSTON – The identifies of the eight people who died after fans at the Astroworld music festival in Houston suddenly thronged toward the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott were released by authorities Monday. They included a boy as young as 14 and were mostly from Texas, though some came from as far […]

A person shot in the arm by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha takes the stand at his trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — Gaige Grosskreutz, the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse last year at a chaotic demonstration in Kenosha, Wis., took the stand in a pivotal moment in Rittenhouse’s homicide trial. In three hours of dramatic testimony Monday, Grosskreutz, 27, acknowledged that he was armed with a pistol on the evening […]

217 Today: Monday, Nov. 8, 2021

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois political leaders have been in Glasgow, Scotland for the U.N. Climate Change Conference —or COP26 —since last week. They’re touting the state’s new plan to prioritize green energy and cut fossil fuels from Illinois’ electric grid by 2050. LGBTQ+ students were harassed during Spirit Week at Mahomet-Seymour High […]

Do you know what’s in your tap water? This database will tell you

CHAMPAIGN — Do you know what’s in your drinking water? Depending on where you live, you could be ingesting contaminants linked to cancer, brain damage and other serious health effects. That’s why scientists at the Environmental Working Group developed the Tap Water Database – a searchable tool, based on zip code, that tells you what […]

Thanksgiving will be pricier this year, like everything from the grocery store

Making a Thanksgiving feast will cost more this year as the pandemic’s effect on the economy drives up food prices. Even economists like Curtis Dubay at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notice the difference at the grocery store. “We’re spending roughly $25 to $50 more per week on groceries for a family of five,” Dubary […]

Borrowers say they were wrongly denied loan forgiveness. Now, help is on the way

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education says it will reach out to federal student loan borrowers who may have been prematurely denied loan forgiveness under the revamped Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and will reprocess their applications. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2021/11/20211108_me_borrowers_say_they_were_wrongly_denied_loan_forgiveness_now_help_is_on_the_way.mp3 Listen to this story here. The move comes after an NPR review of borrower documents, […]