COVID surge prompts multiple state responses

SPRINGFIELD – A continuing sharp spike in COVID-19 cases being driven by the omicron variant has pushed the state’s hospital capacity to its limits and is prompting the state to bring in additional health care workers from other states and countries. Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that more than 2,000 additional health care workers have […]

Need for mental health services on campus grows but resources remain tight

Despite a growing need for mental health services in the community, the director of the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois says the resources remain underfunded and understaffed. “I think mental health services everywhere are underfunded,” said Center director Carla McCowan. “How many staff members do you need before you meet demands? What’s that […]

Pressed on his election lies, former President Trump cuts NPR interview short

WASHINGTON — Some Republican leaders are trying to move on from former President Donald Trump’s failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election that he lost. “While there were some irregularities, there were none of the irregularities which would have risen to the point where they would have changed the vote outcome in a single state,” […]

In some prisons, people on suicide watch are monitored by peers, not professionals

A note to readers: This story contains descriptions of self-harm. If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, help is available. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. INDIANAPOLIS — Phone calls from her mother were usually a comfort for Char’Dae Avery, 29, while she was incarcerated […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Jan, 12, 2022

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 Today’s headlines: The latest COVID-19 surge caused by omicron is due, in part, to people following outdated advice on rapid testing and large gatherings over the holidays, according to medical expert Dr. Sadiya Khan. Urbana Middle School will stay remote for the rest of this week. Illinois Democrats are predicting action […]

Welch reflects on first year as House speaker

SPRINGFIELD – One year after being named speaker of the Illinois House, Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch says he is proud of the accomplishments he and his colleagues achieved and he looks forward to building on that record. “I actually thought 2021 was one heck of a year,” the Hillside Democrat said during a recent interview. […]

Demmer joins the race for state treasurer’s office

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, announced he will run for state treasurer on Tuesday. If he wins the Republican Party nomination, he likely would face two-term incumbent Mike Frerichs, who is seeking reelection. In Tuesday’s announcement, Demmer pledged to oppose tax increases and bring greater transparency to state spending. “Unfortunately, in Springfield right now, […]