FDA authorizes 1st antiviral pill for COVID

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated decision, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 at home. The pill, called Paxlovid, is made by Pfizer. It’s taken twice a day for five days in combination with a second medicine called ritonavir, a generic antiviral. “Today’s authorization introduces the first treatment […]

New state laws taking effect Jan. 1

SPRINGFIELD – Minimum wage workers in Illinois will see a boost in their hourly pay to $12 per hour starting Jan. 1, while tenants in affordable housing units will be allowed to keep pets. Those are just some of the more than 300 new laws that take effect in the new year. The minimum wage increase is […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 Today’s headlines: Electric utility Commonwealth Edison says it’ll voluntarily issue a $21 million refund to customers after it admitted former executives and lobbyists engaged in a years-long bribery scheme. With colder months ahead, there’s more farmers can do to protect their fields for future seasons.  The Champaign City Council voted Tuesday night to […]