Holiday celebrations underway in Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – From a parade returning to the streets to more than a dozen menorahs, Champaign-Urbana is catching the holiday spirit. Hanukkah Holiday Begins On Sunday night, Champaign mayor Deb Feinen lit a menorah in front of the city’s public library as dozens looked on. The 8-day holiday known as Hanukkah is being recognized in […]

Brothers to take center stage in Jussie Smollett trial

CHICAGO — The trial of actor Jussie Smollett will boil down to the question of whether the jury believes the actor’s version of what he says was a racist and homophobic attack or that told by two brothers who say they helped the actor fake the attack. Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo admit they took part […]

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

LONDON — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus has popped up in more European countries, just days after being identified in South Africa., leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on Saturday tightened its rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two […]