The House votes to hold Mark Meadows in contempt, sending a criminal referral to DOJ

A day after lawmakers shared an explosive series of text messages sent to Mark Meadows during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to hold the former Trump White House chief of staff in criminal contempt of Congress. The Tuesday evening vote, cast almost completely along party lines, triggers a series of steps to […]

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Colleen Marotta has delivered hundreds of babies. Marotta, 43, of Arlington Heights, became a nurse in 2001. Ten years later, she became a certified professional midwife, or CPM. When Marotta was a CPM the law barred her from delivering babies in Illinois, forcing her to drive to Wisconsin to deliver babies there. On Tuesday […]

US COVID death toll hits 800,000, a year into vaccine drive

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 800,000. That is according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The once-unimaginable milestone was hit Tuesday. It’s seen as doubly tragic, given that more than 200,000 of those lives were lost after the vaccine became available practically for the asking last spring. The death toll […]

Faith, medicine and COVID-19: Why do religious vaccine exemptions exist?

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/indiana/audio/2021/12/religious_vaccine_exemptions_history-context.mp3 Many employees are turning to religious exemptions as vaccine mandates become more common in workplaces. Exemptions are federally protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But what is the history of these exemptions and what are the consequences?  Imam Ahmed Alamine frequently speaks to his mosque in Indianapolis about getting vaccinated. In fact, […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a state disaster proclamation Monday for 28 Illinois counties hit by Friday’s severe storms. The proclamation gives the state and its emergency management agency the authority to provide resources to help storm victims. Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey is the first in the GOP field […]

Kentucky crews search painstakingly for 109 people missing after deadly tornadoes

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. — Under a chilly blue sky, a dozen men and women stood in a line on a devastated street in Dawson Springs, Ky., one of the small towns hit hardest by the swarm of tornadoes that raked the nation’s midsection Friday night into Saturday. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2021/12/20211214_me_kentucky_crews_search_painstakingly_for_109_people_missing_after_deadly_tornadoes.mp3 Listen to this story here. Geoffrey Deibler, […]

C-U at Home staffing challenges prevent emergency winter shelters from opening on time

CHAMPAIGN – Staffing shortages persist at C-U at Home – which provides services to those living in Champaign-Urbana without a home. Two emergency shelters that were scheduled to open Monday in Champaign-Urbana are delayed due in part to a lack of staff. The delay comes after the organization’s main shelter closed for several months earlier […]