First case of omicron COVID-19 variant detected in Illinois

URBANA – Health officials reported late Tuesday that the omicron COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in a case in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health said the case was confirmed in a Chicago resident. That patient had been in contact with a person from another state who […]

Application portal opens for new round of Illinois rental assistance

SPRINGFIELD – The application portal is now open for another $297 million of rental assistance for Illinoisans who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Rental Payment Program, or ILRPP, money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden in March. It will be administered by […]

Housing advocates, renters struggle to stay ahead of a rising tide of evictions

SPRINGFIELD — Every Friday morning, Kanedra Banks spreads a spectrum of pamphlets across a small granite counter on the sixth floor of the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield. For the three hours she’s there, Banks answers questions for people walking by. Most are coming to or from evictions court, in room 6C. Listen to […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 Today’s headlines: A three-judge panel in Chicago is set to hear arguments Tuesday over whether the court should change the legislative maps crafted by Democrats who control the General Assembly. Urbana officials say roadside cameras that track the license plates of passing cars are off the table as a solution to gun […]