Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – In the wake of Friday night storms that left six dead at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, a disaster proclamation was issued Monday for 28 counties in southern and central Illinois. The proclamation will bring personnel or equipment from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to assist with storm recovery. “My administration is […]

Amazon, OSHA promise review after tornado wrecks warehouse

EDWARDSVILLE, Il.  — The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Monday it has opened an investigation into the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, after it was struck by a tornado on Friday, leaving six people dead and another hospitalized. OSHA will look into whether workplace safety rules were followed. OSHA inspectors, […]

FBI offers $10K for information in ISU grad student’s death

BLOOMINGTON — The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information on the final hours of an Illinois State University graduate student who disappeared in August and was later found dead in a river. Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day was reported missing on Aug. 25. His body was found in the Illinois River about 60 […]

Dual-language teachers, students face consequences of online learning

When International Prep Academy in Champaign sent students home in March 2020, 10-year-old Ana Hernandez and her mom started what they called the “Hernandez Homeschool.” Ana’s mom, Genevieve Kirk, looked up different teaching resources and curriculum to keep Ana on track, she said. This process, she said, connected her with both of her children—Ana and […]

Small farms are producing less and facing money problems

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report found the percentage of farms that are small and family owned remained unchanged from 2011 to 2020, holding steady at 89% of all farms. A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the percentage of farms that are small and family-owned remains steady, but they produce […]

Illini women top Butler 78-66; men lose Hutcherson for season

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team evened their record at 5-5 this season with a 78-66 win over Butler at State Farm Center Sunday afternoon. First-year guard Adalia McKenzie scored a career-high 23 points on 9-15 shooting. She also grabbed four rebounds and a steal, and dished out two assists. She credited her […]

217 Today: Monday, Dec. 13, 2021

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: The search for more victims and cleanup efforts will continue Monday at the Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville after being struck by an EF-3 tornado Friday night. Officials have confirmed that six employees died, one is in the hospital with serious injuries, and 45 were rescued and reunited with family. Meteorologists […]