Raffle drum will set final 12 Rittenhouse jurors

KENOSHA, Wis.  — The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial will use a raffle drum that sat in the courtroom throughout the two-week trial to select jurors who will be dismissed from the pool of 18 to get to the final 12 who will decide the case. Schroeder told jurors last week that he would […]

Law eases voting for disabled, broadens sex designations

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois governor has signed a law making voting easier for persons with disabilities and creating a group to study the removal of further barriers. The law Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Monday makes necessary adjustments for a new primary election date. It was moved from March 15 to June 28 because late Census […]

Judge dismisses weapons charge at Rittenhouse murder trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — The judge at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial has dismissed a count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. The charge is only a misdemeanor, but it had appeared to be among the likeliest to net a conviction for prosecutors. There’s no dispute that Rittenhouse was 17 when he […]

217 Today: Monday, Nov. 15, 2021

Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker will be in Washington D.C. Monday for the signing of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Congress finished passing earlier this month. State Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike this week told a congressional panel that young people, communities of color and rural Illinoisans are still the […]

Illini women improve to 2-0 with a balanced attack against Miami Ohio

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team raced to an 18-point halftime lead, then held on for a 72-65 win over Miami (OH) on Sunday at State Farm Center. The Illini got 31 points off the bench to improve to 2-0 on the season, led by 14 points from freshman guard Jayla Oden. Sara Anastasieska […]

Gasoline prices are surging. Can Biden actually do something about it?

WASHINGTON — You probably don’t need a news report to tell you that gasoline prices have been surging. Prices are at a seven-year high, up more than a dollar from a year ago. Rising energy costs, including gasoline as well as natural gas and coal, are a major driver of high inflation. That’s putting pressure […]