Illinois Democrats vote to remove 9 maskless Republicans from House chamber

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House voted to remove nine Republican members from the House floor Thursday afternoon for their refusal to comply with face covering requirements, delaying the start of the legislative session for the third straight day. In a 66-39 vote, Democrats voted to remove Reps. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, Blaine Wilhour, […]

N.Y. Supreme Court justice orders the Trumps to testify under oath

NEW YORK — A New York state judge on Thursday ordered that former President Donald Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, testify under oath within 21 days, rejecting arguments by attorneys for the Trumps who sought to block or stay subpoenas from New York state’s attorney general, Letitia James. […]

Snow ending; portion of I-39 closed due to 100+ vehicle crashes

Illinois Public Media News is monitoring a winter storm that the National Weather Service in Central Illinois expects to bring rain, icy conditions, and possible snow to East Central Illinois. We will update this post with the latest forecast information. Updated Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The snow is starting to come to an end, according […]

Snow moves out tonight, sun returns Friday

URBANA  – A daylong winter storm brought rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow to Central Illinois on Thursday. Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard talked with Illinois Newsroom’s Reginald Hardwick about when the winter storm will leave the Champaign-Urbana area and the weekend warm-up. Hardwick: What will travel conditions be like tonight? Pritchard: We’re expecting the evening commute […]

GOP members challenge Illinois House floor mask mandate

SPRINGFIELD – Confusion and pushback regarding the enforcement of masks mandates spilled over onto the House Floor Wednesday afternoon during the chamber’s regular legislative session after Republicans refused to comply with face covering requirements. Amid the pandemic, lawmakers approved House rules requiring face coverings to be worn in the chamber unless eating, drinking or speaking […]

217 Today: Winter storm expected to bring rain, ice and snow to Champaign-Urbana

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 Today’s headlines: Danville District 118, Monticello, Mahomet-Seymour and Decatur Public Schools have announced e-learning days because of the winter storm. Find the latest closings and cancellations here. Governor J.B. Pritzker is insisting that a statewide mask mandate he ordered is still in effect for most schools despite new developments in Springfield. Despite […]

Weather related closings for Thursday, February 17

URBANA — Many cities, schools, and other organizations are announcing closings and cancellations because of possible flooding, icy conditions, and snow in central Illinois. We will include as many of them as possible in this article, organized by location. The following closures are for Thursday, February 17: Champaign Champaign Head Start Public Schools – dismissing at […]

Corn ethanol is fueling our cars and climate change, study says

Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005, mandating a certain amount of renewable fuel – namely corn ethanol – be mixed in with traditional gasoline. The goal was to minimize emissions and the country’s dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Instead, the policy caused a chain reaction of events that has likely led to even […]

Rutgers downs No. 12 Illinois, 4th straight vs ranked team

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Cliff Omoruyi had 15 points, 13 rebounds and a reverse alley-oop dunk in Rutgers’ game-breaking run as the Scarlet Knights beat No. 12 Illinois 70-59 for their fourth straight win over a ranked team. The run is the longest in school history for the Scarlet Knights. The last team to win four […]

Ruling on order blocking the mask mandate in some schools could come as soon as Thursday

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker says Illinois schools should continue universal masking despite a flurry of legal and legislative action around the state’s school mask mandate. “The executive order is in effect,” Pritzker told reporters on Wednesday. “We still have a mask requirement in the state of Illinois for schools.” Pritzker made the case for […]