Pritzker touts infrastructure funding in southern Illinois stops

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker continues to make frequent stops across the state to tout one of the marquee policy accomplishments of his first year in office and its ongoing benefits to Illinois communities. That is the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan, and on Wednesday he made multiple stops in southern Illinois to […]

First omicron variant case confirmed in Ill. as key COVID metrics keep ticking upward

CHICAGO — A Chicagoan who’d been fully vaccinated against COVID and gotten a booster shot is the first confirmed case of the virus’ Omicron variant, state and city public health officials announced Tuesday evening. But the person didn’t require hospitalization and is recovering after self-isolating at home. The news comes the same day as the […]

Jury sides with Ill. inmate whose under-treated diabetes ended in leg amputation

PEORIA — A decade after Illinois Department of Corrections inmate Anthony Rodesky began developing the blisters that would eventually lead to a below-the-knee leg amputation, a federal jury in Peoria last week awarded him $400,000, finding the state violated the Americans with Disabilities Act in its treatment of Rodesky’s type 1 diabetes. The jury did […]

Champaign’s standardized test results show student stress, learning gaps

CHAMPAIGN — The first pandemic-era standardized test results are out. Student achievement dropped all over Illinois, including in local school districts. Champaign Unit 4 fifth grade teacher Kim Tate sees pandemic stress as one reason behind the test score decline. “There’s that element of, ‘I have other priorities and concerns and even trauma.’ Because I […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 Today’s headlines: The state’s Department of Public Health says Illinois has confirmed its first case of COVID’s Omicron variant. The news comes as Illinois has seen a more-than 160 percent increase in the number of new COVID patients entering hospitals each day over the past six weeks. The balance of political power […]