Wintry weather in Central Illinois midweek

This post was updated Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. It will be updated as the National Weather Service updates its forecasts. CHAMPAIGN – Forecasters say blowing snow is possible Tuesday night. Windy weather will move into Central Illinois on Wednesday, followed by much colder weather on Thursday.

Jan. 6 panel seeks interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity

WASHINGTON — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection has requested an interview and information from Fox News host Sean Hannity. The television personality is the first member of the media the panel has asked to speak with. The committee has requested Hannity voluntarily answer questions regarding communications between him and former […]

Less than half of GOP say 1/6 was very violent: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that a year after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump as very violent or extremely violent. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that those views were a […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he’s deeply concerned by the record number of COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals at a COVID-19 news conference in Chicago Monday. State officials say there now are more people hospitalized by the coronavirus than at any stage in the pandemic. Those walking around Urbana are more […]

Car crashes increased in 2021. On Urbana roads, pedestrians are most at risk

A street and University of Illinois campus buildings at night. Red lines show where car tail lights passed by.

URBANA — In 2021, more than 1,300 people died in car crashes in Illinois. That’s the highest number since 2005. The roadside assistance group AAA is encouraging drivers to adopt safer behaviors in the new year. “When we call a crash an accident, it implies that these tragedies are beyond human influence, and that is […]

Meatpacking jobs are attractive to immigrants. COVID made the work even riskier

PERRY, Ia. — Amner Martinez still doesn’t know all the details from when his 74-year-old father Concepcion got dangerously sick with COVID-19 near the beginning of the pandemic. Martinez’s father works at the Tyson Foods plant in Perry, Iowa, the site of an outbreak in spring 2020 that affected 730 workers. Listen to this […]