Neighbors skeptical of Vermilion County coal ash cleanup plan

DANVILLE – About 30 people attended a public meeting in Danville on Thursday afternoon to hear plans to clean up three coal ash sites. Texas-based Vistra Energy took over control of the old Dynegy site in 2018 following a corporate merger. Dynegy closed its coal-fired power plant along the Middlefork River back in 2011 leaving […]

U of I community comes together for Las Posadas celebration

URBANA – A traditional celebration over the weekend gave the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community an opportunity to join together for the holiday season. The Latino Student Association hosted its annual Las Posadas at the U of I. Many Latin American countries and people in the United States celebrate Las Posadas, which commemorates Mary and […]

Jussie Smollett convicted of staging attack, lying to police

CHICAGO — A jury has convicted Jussie Smollett on five of six charges he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself and lied to Chicago police about it. The jury returned the verdict Thursday afternoon against the former actor from the TV show “Empire” after a weeklong trial. Jurors acquitted him on one charge. Two […]

ISU trustees will consider an $11.5 million domed practice facility for athletics

Illinois State University trustees have scheduled a special meeting on Saturday to consider an $11.5 million indoor practice facility for athletics. The inflatable dome would be built on the football practice field north of Horton Field House. Artificial turf would be installed on the 100-yard field. The facility is intended to provide space for football […]

IDOC inmates continue to face commissary shortages

SPRINGFIELD – To Illinois prisoners, commissary is more than candy bars, shaving cream and socks. It represents normalcy and choice. “It’s everything to them,” said Melly Rios, whose husband is in Stateville Correctional Center serving 45 years for murder. A recent report from the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group, detailed widespread supply shortages […]

Illinois Supreme Court lifts hold on judicial redistricting

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court will lift its pause order on judicial redistricting on Jan. 1, fully implementing new judicial boundaries passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. The judicial district boundaries will change for the first time since they were established in 1964. The […]

Geologists say Midwest rock formations could store carbon dioxide for ‘eons’

Two proposals for carbon pipelines throughout the Midwest would pipe carbon dioxide from dozens of ethanol plants to rock formations in North Dakota and Illinois where the CO2 would be buried deep underground. Rock formations like the Mount Simon Sandstone offer the ability to bury the carbon for “eons of time” more than a mile […]

217 Today: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 Today’s Headlines: A federal judge this week upheld a new Illinois law banning county jails from detaining immigrants for profit. The pandemic threw a wrench in expanded gambling plans, which are just now getting back on track. Those projects are largely funding the state’s large infrastructure bill. Republican Congressman Rodney Davis […]

How shaky ivermectin studies overseas wreaked havoc in the U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS — Not a single scientific or health authority in the U.S. recommends the use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. Still, some Americans see the unproven drug as a way out of the pandemic. Listen to part one of this story here. Ivermectin is mostly used in large animals […]