Kyle Rittenhouse cleared of all charges in Kenosha shootings

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha, Wisconsin, shootings that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice. The jury came back with its verdict afer close to 3 1/2 days of deliberation. Rittenhouse, 18, could have gotten life […]

The FDA authorizes COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for fully vaccinated Americans who are age 18 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The FDA on Thursday granted emergency use authorization for a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which had already been available to people 65 and older […]

Illinois unemployment falls to 6%

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in October to 6 percent as employers added 40,900 jobs during the month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday. According to the preliminary data, the industry sectors with the biggest job gains during the […]

Coronavirus FAQ: What is long COVID? And what is my risk of getting it?

WASHINGTON — Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you’d like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: “Weekly Coronavirus Questions.” See an archive of our FAQs here. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2021/11/20211115_me_long_covid.mp3 Listen to this story here. One of […]

217 Today: Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois hasn’t officially authorized COVID vaccine booster doses for the general population, but nearly 1.5 million Illinoisans have already gotten theirs. Illinois residents are quitting their jobs at a high rate during the pandemic. That’s leaving workforce shortages across a number of sectors that community colleges are trying to […]

Renovated Waubonsee Community College campus is geared towards in-demand ‘new collar’ tech jobs

SUGAR GROVE — Illinois residents are quitting their jobs in record numbers. That’s leaving workforce shortages across a number of sectors. During the pandemic, Waubonsee Community College renovated and redesigned one of its campuses to house its Innovation & Design Center and meet community job demands. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s528/audio/2021/11/1118neww.mp3 Listen to this story here. The center focuses […]