State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

SPRINGFIELD – The rideshare company Lyft argued before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday that a 2014 state law protects it from being held liable for the criminal actions of one of its drivers who allegedly raped a passenger in 2017. The case centers on the constitutionality of the state’s first law to regulate the industry, […]

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

SPRINGFIELD – The application period for a new round of financial assistance to renters through the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be delayed one month as the application portal undergoes additional testing, although funding remains available through other state programs. The latest round of funding, provided by the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law […]

Rittenhouse says first man he shot threatened to kill him

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse broke down in tears on the witness stand at his murder trial Wednesday, describing how he was being pursued by the first man he shot and killed during a night of turbulent street protests in Kenosha. Rittenhouse said he was walking toward a Car Source lot with a fire extinguisher […]

Electric truck maker Rivian, backed by Amazon, goes public

SILVER SPRING, Md.  — Shares in Rivian Automotive are set to trade publicly Wednesday, and the world should get a better idea of just how excited investors are about the electric vehicle market. Rivian, the EV startup backed by Amazon and Ford, hopes to raise about $12 billion. The company said it will use the […]

Midwives gain a victory in Illinois, but look for more

Illinois prepares to again legalize midwifery 30 years after outlawing practice, but advocates say licensure isn’t enough For Star August, the birth of her first son in 2009 was nothing short of traumatic. “[I woke] up from a drug-induced coma to find my son being resuscitated next to me,” August said. August said she knew […]

Illini men and women win season openers

CHAMPAIGN — The Illini men’s basketball team opened the season with a 71-47 win over Jackson State Tuesday night in Champaign. Illinois was without starters Trent Frazier, Andre Curbelo and Kofi Cockburn. The latter is serving a three-game, NCAA-imposed suspension because he sold some personal Illini gear before deciding to return to the team for […]

Citing safety and preservation, Rockford Airport to limit access to prairie during evaluation

ROCKFORD — The Chicago Rockford International Airport announced on Tuesday that it is limiting access into the Bell Bowl Prairie until further environmental assessments can be completed. The Rockford Airport Authority agreed to temporarily halt construction over some of the last remaining high quality dry gravel prairie in Illinois. Listen to this story here. […]

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

SPRINGFIELD — A new law in Illinois will soon clear the way for employers to enforce vaccination, testing and other mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measure, Senate Bill 1169, amends the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, a 1977 law originally intended to shield doctors and pharmacists from liability for […]

Prosecutors in Rittenhouse trial rest their case, but face questions about strategy

KENOSHA, Wis. — The prosecution has rested its case in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s accused of two homicides and another attempted homicide during protests in Kenosha, Wis. last year. Rittenhouse, now 18, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a racial justice protest on […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Chicago Rockford International Airport announced Tuesday that it’s limiting access into the Bell Bowl Prairie until further environmental assessments can be completed. The Rockford Airport Authority agreed to temporarily halt construction over some of the last remaining high quality dry gravel prairie in Illinois. The Champaign community gathered last week […]

Following Urbana’s lead, Champaign substitute teachers will get a raise too

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign substitute teachers will now earn at least $140 per day – $30 more than they were making before. The Champaign Unit 4 Board of Education approved the raise on Monday evening, following a similar move from neighboring school boards.  “We’ve reviewed our rates and determined that we are no longer competitive with […]

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate trends. It was the governor’s first international […]