Hedge fund with a reputation for ‘gutting newsrooms’ takes aim at owning Pantagraph newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises

BLOOMINGTON – A New York hedge fund with a reputation for shrinking newsrooms not long after buying them out is taking aim at the media company that owns the Bloomington-based Pantagraph. Alden Global Capital made an offer to Lee Enterprises on Monday morning. Lee Enterprises is the owner of three newspapers in Central Illinois, including the Herald-Review in Decatur; […]

5 people are dead and 40 injured after a driver speeds through a Wisconsin parade

Updated November 22 at 2:38 p.m. WAUKESHA, Wis. -What was supposed to be a joyous occasion in Waukesha, Wis., turned to tragedy Sunday afternoon when the driver of an SUV plowed into a crowd of people at the city’s annual holiday parade. About an hour into the festivities, suspect Darrell E. Brooks “intentionally drove his maroon […]

Illinois’ new congressional maps may favor Democrats, but they carve up cities like O’Fallon

This article is a collaboration between St. Louis Public Radio and the Belleville News-Democrat. O’FALLON — When Charlie Cook looks out across South Lincoln Avenue through the front window of her downtown O’Fallon bakery, she’s looking into a different congressional district. It’s a boundary line that splits the southwestern Illinois town practically in half. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s278/audio/2021/11/1119districtweb.mp3 […]

217 Today: Monday, Nov. 22, 2021

Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 Today’s headlines: Democrats in the U.S. Senate are trying for an end-of-year deadline to pass the so called “Build Back Better” bill in that chamber. Among disagreements over the size and scope of the $1.75 trillion social spending package is whether to repeal a Trump-era tax policy.  Most things on Thanksgiving shopping lists […]