Chicago union leaders OK plan to resume in-person class

CHICAGO — Chicago schools are poised to resume classes after leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union accepted a proposal with the district over COVID-19 safety protocols. Both sides had been locked in a nasty standoff that canceled classes for four days in the nation’s third-largest district. The full deal still requires approval by the union’s […]

Cook County judge cites DCFS director for contempt

A Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt for the continued improper placement of two state wards. Cook County Circuit Judge Patrick T. Murphy on Thursday, Jan. 6, also fined Smith $1,000 a day in each of the cases for every day the two children — […]

WILL At 100: Looking Back On A Century Of Broadcasting

URBANA – 2022 marks the 100-year anniversary of WILL-AM, the oldest component of Illinois Public Media. The University of Illinois launched the station at a time when the idea of using radio to reach a mass audience was new and cutting edge. There was no FM radio or TV, no internet or social media. The […]

UI study explains positive impacts from child tax credit program to vulnerable families

A University of Illinois research team has published a study on the impact of assistance programs on vulnerable families. According to a new report from the Project for Middle Class Renewal at U of I, extending the child tax credit program beyond 2021 could promote financial stability in low-and-moderate-income families. Dylan Bellisle is a postdoctoral […]

Champaign County Sheriff’s Office knew Norman Meeker had an alcohol problem for a decade. Why did it take a flipped truck and a DUI for Meeker to leave the force?

This story is part of a partnership between the Invisible Institute and CU-CitizenAccess exploring police misconduct in Champaign County. Champaign County Sheriff’s Sergeant Norman “JR” Meeker had a 10-year history of disciplinary violations, including destruction of personal property, contract violations, a Tik Tok account that shared bodycam videos of crime scenes, and mountains of missed paperwork.  Yet, […]

New joint resource program helps Champaign families

Champaign Unit 4 School District and the City of Champaign have launched the Leading Individuals and Families to Transformation program, also known as LIFT. LIFT will focus on African American students and families who are experiencing academic and personal challenges. The program provides trauma-informed care through intensive support from both school-based and community resources. Anthony […]

217 Today: Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 Today’s headlines: Public Health officials reported nearly 1600 new COVID-19 cases in Champaign County over the weekend. The number of active cases has topped 7000 for the first time. Cannabis sales in Illinois doubled in 2021 – the second year since cannabis became recreationally legal. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]