Legislative panel suspends COVID-19 mitigations in schools

SPRINGFIELD – A legislative panel on Tuesday voted to suspend the latest version of COVID-19 mitigations for public schools, saying in part that those rules are still being litigated in a state appellate court. The Joint Committee on Administrative rules voted 9-0, with two members voting “present,” to object to the rules and suspend them […]

As African Swine Fever plagues other countries, the U.S. works to keep it out

Al Wulfekuhle doesn’t take biosecurity lightly. The pork producer showers before he goes into a barn and again as he leaves and asks the same of his employees. He even built a truck wash at his farm shop a year ago so he doesn’t bring any possible pathogens back from the meat processing plants where […]

Teen domestic violence may include digital abuse. Here’s what parents should know

Teens and young people can be victims of intimate partner violence and abuse, and some advocates suspect teen dating violence has increased during the pandemic. Indianapolis Recorder editor Oseye Boyd discussed the issue with Danyette Smith, founder of Silent No More; and Lindsay Hill Stawick, associate director of the Domestic Violence Network, during a Facebook […]

Tuesday, February 15: Watch Live: President Biden Delivers Remarks On Russia and Ukraine

President Biden delivers remarks about Russia and Ukraine amid escalating tensions in the region. Live coverage from NPR will be hosted by Mary Louise Kelly and Scott Tong. Also joining coverage the coverage — NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and NPR Diplomatic Correspondent Michele Kelemen. Watch online at 2:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, February […]

Lawmakers raise concerns about inmate transfers from prisons in Pontiac and Vandalia

PONTIAC — State lawmakers are going public with concerns about the future of the prison in Pontiac and another in Vandalia in southern Illinois. Bloomington-Normal Rep. Dan Brady is among several who have co-signed an open letter to the state Department of Corrections asking for clarification on the reasons for transfers of prisoners from Pontiac […]

217 Today: University of Illinois chancellor Robert Jones discusses agriculture and race

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 Today’s headlines: Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has received a $20 million donation from billionaire Ken Griffin to fund Irvin’s attempt to unseat Illinois’ current governor. Rochelle Clark has become the new assistant superintendent in Decatur Public Schools. The Illinois attorney general’s office has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to impose a sentence […]