Rodney Davis to announce sixth term for Congress, ending speculation on challenge to Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) on Tuesday will officially announce his bid for a sixth term in Congress, ending months of chatter about his possible entrance in the Republican primary to unseat Gov. JB Pritzker in 2022. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s653/audio/2021/11/2021-11-29-rodney-davis-wrap-shorter.mp3 Listen to this story here. Davis began weighing a run against the first-term Democrat earlier […]

State Rep. Dave Vella continues in grandfather’s footsteps

SPRINGFIELD – Behind a window with a “Save the Byron Nuclear Plant” sign taped to the glass, Ricardo Montoya Picazo listened to a father of three wonder aloud if he would still be able to support his children in a few weeks.  “If I lose this, the only thing I know how to do, then […]

1 million EVs: Inside the state’s plan for electrifying the transportation sector

SPRINGFIELD – With a pair of major policy victories in hand, Gov. JB Pritzker traveled to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the beginning of the month and shared a vision for his home state: “Illinois intends to become the best place in North America to drive and manufacture an electric […]

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that I wanted to say and that I […]

Shorthanded Illini get past Notre Dame 82-72

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team overcame illness and injuries to beat Notre Dame 82-72 Monday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at State Farm Center in Champaign. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood detailed some of his team’s ailments after the game. “I had not seen Jacob Grandison since we got home from […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 Today’s headlines: Republican Congressman Rodney Davis is set to officially announce his re-election bid Tuesday, ending months of speculation about a potential run for governor. The shorthanded Fighting Illini men’s basketball team beat Notre Dame Monday night in the ACC-Big Ten challenge 82-72. Wild turkey populations in Missouri and other states have taken […]

Teens are remodeling this house to give themselves, and future tenants, a stable future

CHAMPAIGN – For two years, the Housing Authority of Champaign County’s YouthBuild program has helped young people finish their high school diplomas, while renovating public housing properties. The program managers also see the training program as a youth violence prevention initiative. “It’s a safe place where they can come in and talk, and we provide […]