3 Illinois residents charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

CHICAGO — Three more Illinois residents have been charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol after an investigation revealed their mobile devices were inside the building that day. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that investigators became aware of the devices after serving a search warrant on Google. Investigators compared the photographs on […]

Republicans announce effort to repeal SAFE-T Act, Democrats call it ‘all for show’

SPRINGFIELD – Republicans are calling for their Democratic counterparts in the Illinois House to join them in efforts to repeal criminal justice reforms, known as the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, commonly known as the SAFE-T Act. Reps. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis, Ryan Spain, R-Peoria, and Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, joined House GOP Leader Jim Durkin, […]

EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: Survey: Illinois schools face worsening educator shortage

SPRINGFIELD – School officials across Illinois say a shortage of teachers and substitutes is forcing them to cancel course offerings, move them online or fill open positions with people who are not fully qualified. Those are the findings of the latest survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, the fifth such survey […]

Bill focuses on increasing supplier diversity in wind and solar projects

SPRINGFIELD – Aiming to increase diversity in wind and solar jobs, a proposed measure in the Illinois General Assembly would require more transparent reporting on the level of participation of minority-owned businesses in clean energy jobs.  Rep. William Davis, D-Hazel Crest, advanced House Bill 4217 through the House Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday. The measure aims […]

Parents and caregivers of young children say they’ve hit pandemic rock bottom

DALLAS, Tx. — “I had a parent tell me to f*** off last week,” Cori Berg said. She directs the Hope Day School, a church-affiliated early childhood program in Dallas. The unhappy mother took her two children out of Berg’s center after each of their classrooms were closed for quarantines, saying she’d hire a nanny. […]

Illinois high court hears case over spending campaign money on criminal defense lawyers

CHICAGO — Is it a “customary and reasonable” expense for Illinois politicians under criminal investigation to use campaign funds to pay for lawyers to keep them out of prison? Or, is that practice a complete breach of what political donations are supposed to be all about: paying for yard signs, petition circulators, political mailers and […]

Illinois begins focusing more on COVID-19 hospitalization data as cases decline

CHICAGO — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is cautiously optimistic the Omicron wave of the pandemic has peaked. Both hospitalizations and the number of people requiring intensive care have fallen daily over the last week. “In the first two weeks of 2022, 14,000 new people have gotten their first vaccine dose every single day,” Pritzker said […]

As COVID overwhelms health departments, some scale back on contact tracing

CARBONDALE — After Jamie White tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 28, she didn’t receive any information on what to do for a full week. “When I tried to reach the health department, I was told they’re no longer doing contact tracing and was given a phone number to call,” said White, who lives in […]

217 Today: Reduced contact tracing leaves people who test positive confused about what to do next

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s campaign is taking in more money than the entire Republican field of candidates combined. Both hospitalizations and the number of people requiring intensive care after being infected with COVID-19 have fallen daily over the last week. Now, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is cautiously optimistic the […]