State to distribute $94 million to 96 airports through Rebuild Illinois plan

SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the General Assembly and the governor signed into […]

U of I chancellor offers optimism as pandemic continues

URBANA – Coronavirus transmission remains high. Gun violence is up. Despite these worrying indicators, University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones said on Thursday he sees causes for optimism. “I know there are a few of you asking, ‘Jones, did you once again accidentally put your rose-colored glasses this morning?’” Jones joked. Thursday marked the […]

Five big cats show signs of COVID-19 at Miller Park Zoo

Five big cats at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington are showing signs of COVID-19, the city said Tuesday, prompting the closing of the Katthoefer animal building after one Sumatran tiger and four snow leopards developed coughs and raspy breathing. Zoo Director Jay Tetzloff said the first feline fell ill Nov. 20, adding all of […]

Biden’s new winter COVID plan will reimburse you for at-home tests

President Biden is set to announce on Thursday that private health insurance plans will soon reimburse people who buy over-the-counter at-home rapid tests for COVID-19 — one of a series of steps the White House is planning to encourage better detection and prevention of COVID this winter. “The bottom line is we are really pulling […]

Peoria Ag Lab scientists using soybean oil to develop a better jet biofuel

PEORIA — Soybean oil offers a lot of potential in blending up a cleaner jet fuel. But to date, wide-scale adoption has presented problems. Unlike traditional biodiesel blending, a jet fuel blend requires breaking down the soybean oil molecules into their most basic structures through an entirely different chemical process, said Ken Doll, a research […]

217 Today: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker Wednesday announced $94 million dollars will be used to fund 96 airport projects statewide, many of which won’t be eligible for federal infrastructure money. The state’s economy continues to grow at a good pace, according to the monthly Flash Index from the University of Illinois. The dancers of […]