DCFS worker fatally stabbed during home visit

SPRINGFIELD – Sangamon County authorities are holding a Thayer man suspected in the stabbing death of an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services worker. Police arrived at the home in Thayer – a small town 20 miles south of Springfield – in response to a 911 call at 4:11 p.m. on Tuesday reporting a […]

Warming centers open as bitter cold descends on Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Many Central Illinois communities are opening warming centers so people without regular shelter are not exposed to subzero temperatures settling into the area. The National Weather Service in Central Illinois forecasts a low around 10 degrees and wind chill values as low as -4 on Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Champaign Urbana. Temperatures will […]

University dorm tradition continues while dealing with pandemic

A University of Illinois’ dorm tradition of singing through the phone still continues after dealing with the pandemic. After the absence of singing live to callers last year, Dial-A-Carol at Snyder Hall is back with on-air performances. Dial-A-Carol is the longest-running tradition in University Housing, which has been hosted by Snyder Hall since 1960. Groups […]

Delta restores B-N service to Detroit

Delta Air Lines will resume flights between Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington and Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Feb. 6, which is earlier than expected. The flights will operate six days per week on 50-seat regional jets. “Detroit is an important market for the continued growth at Rivian and an equally important connection to the […]

Deere Introduces Autonomous Tractor

John Deere has used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to introduce its first autonomous tractor. Tuesday it put on an hour-long, multi-media presentation showing off the tractor that’ll be available later this year. Deanna Kovar, Vice President Production and Precision Ag Business, says autonomous tractors will help farmers do their difficult, time-consuming jobs. “I like […]

Illinois men dominate Minnesota 76-53

MINNNEAPOLIS — The Illinois men’s basketball team blew the doors off ‘The Barn’ in Minneapolis Tuesday night, coasting to a 76-53 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood says he was relieved to find his team competitive after returning from a pause due to positive COVID tests on […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Wednesday for an abbreviated start to the session. Leaders canceled two days of session this week because of concerns over rising COVID-19 cases. A northern Illinois health expert says most individuals forget about their mental health when making resolutions for the new […]

Carle delays non-emergency procedures amid record COVID-19 wave

URBANA – As COVID-19 hospitalizations reach a pandemic high, Carle Health has decided to delay non-emergency procedures. This time, Carle is not rationing supplies — but staff energy. “As opposed to last year this time, we have most supplies needed but limited availability of our already stretched-thin staff to respond to the growing exposures and […]