Welcoming family into your home for Thanksgiving? Here’s how to keep COVID out

WASHINGTON — Here’s one thing to be thankful for this year: It’s not Thanksgiving 2020. A year ago vaccines had not yet been approved, daily deaths were rising sharply – surging to more than 2,000 a day by December — and many Americans hunkered down and skipped holiday celebrations to reduce their risks. This year, […]

Jones’ kick return lifts No. 18 Iowa past Illinois 33-23

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Charlie Jones had a 100-yard kickoff return for No. 18 Iowa’s first touchdown as the Hawkeyes defeated Illinois 33-23. Iowa was trailing 10-0 in the first quarter when Jones took the kick in the right corner of the end zone and ran through a hole on the left side for […]

State Supreme Court rules on pair of gun cases

SPRINGFIELD – In its latest round of opinions Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld a Village of Deerfield assault weapons ban and restored a Putnam County man’s right to a Firearm Owners Identification card over the objections of the Illinois State Police. The decision in the Deerfield case was split 3-3, with Justice Michael Burke abstaining […]

Fox says it did not pay for Rittenhouse film and interview

NEW YORK — Fox News on Saturday said it did not pay Kyle Rittenhouse for any special access during his murder trial or after his acquittal. Hours after he was found not guilty in shootings during a Wisconsin protest on racial injustice, Fox announced that Rittenhouse would give his first interview to Fox’s Tucker Carlson […]

Illinois State Museum debuts store with state-themed items

SPRINGFIELD — A new store at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield will feature products made in the state, along with state-themed souvenirs, specialty foods and toys. It’ll be called the Shop and it opens to the public on Saturday. The store is located in the first floor of the Illinois State Museum, which owns […]

Chronic Wasting stations open for deer season this year

SPRINGFIELD — Hunters heading out for firearm deer season in counties where chronic wasting disease has been detected need to know that deer check stations will be open again this year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources uses the stations to monitor CWD in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston, […]