Illinois continues to lose population

SPRINGFIELD – New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Illinois is continuing to lose population. The latest estimates, released Tuesday, pegged the state’s population at 12,671,469 as of July 1, 2021, down by 113,776, or 0.9 percent, from the official 2020 census. Several factors contributed to the change, but the single largest was domestic outmigration. […]

Illinois men reclaim ‘Braggin’ Rights’ over Missouri 88-63

ST. LOUIS — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team demolished Missouri in the 41st annual Braggin’ Rights game Wednesday night in Saint Louis. The final score was 88-63. Kofi Cockburn tallied 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the victors. He said he’ll enjoy his holiday travels a lot more after winning the border war […]

217 Today: Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois has surpassed 2 million COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began. A University of Illinois professor has discovered that chemical byproducts created when water is cleaned could impact the body’s ability to reproduce. Illinois led throughout in an 88-63 win Wednesday night in the annual Braggin’ Rights basketball game […]

Residents in congregate care facilities face yet another uncertain holiday season

CENTRALIA — The Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, Illinois, is home to around 250 residents, many of whom are medically fragile. During the pandemic, these residents and their families have been separated by lockdowns, which have continued long after the rest of the country has been opening up. Rita Winkeler, who runs the Murray Parents […]

COVID cases are surging again. Is it safe to gather for the holidays?

ST. LOUIS — With a recent jump in new coronavirus infections and the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant, Americans are weighing whether it’s safe to gather for the holidays — again. Though vaccinations have helped curb the spread of the virus and encouraged the return of holiday traditions this year, an uneasy sense […]