House leaders preach civility as 3 Republicans removed again for not wearing masks

SPRINGFIELD – In the first half-hour of House session Tuesday at the Capitol, the leaders of each party made calls for civility, two lawmakers recounted their recollections of a House floor altercation, and three Republicans were removed from the floor for not wearing masks.   Both House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, and Minority Leader Jim […]

Winters are getting warmer across the Midwest

In Illinois, the average winter temperature is about 5 degrees warmer than it was in 1970. In Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, it’s about four degrees, and farmers are starting to feel the effects. ROCK PORT, Mo. — When Richard Oswald was growing up in northwestern Missouri in the 1950s, his dad had a firm […]

LIVE: The White House is calling Russia’s military movements an invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s decision to order troops into parts of eastern Ukraine is triggering punishments from the U.S., the U.K. and the EU, after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing breakaway republics in two Ukrainian oblasts: Donetsk and Luhansk. President Biden will deliver a speech addressing the Ukraine crisis and Russia at 1 p.m. ET, […]

217 Today: New legislative inspector general discusses his goals for the position

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 Today’s headlines: An Illinois state representative ejected from the floor last week for refusing to wear a mask has sued the House speaker. California unveiled its endemic strategy last week. The targeted plan shows how the state will approach living with COVID-19. Illinois could be headed for a similar plan. Schools […]

C-U administrators: Schools can be places of refuge, if done right

A woman and a man sit at a table in front of a sign that reads "News Brews & Beatz."

CHAMPAIGN — Schools should change to fit their students’ cultures, not the other way around. That was one theme at Illinois Public Media’s News, Brews and Beatz conversation on Monday night. “Like we all know, if you’re a person of color, you are constantly reprocessing what you’re saying to make sure it fits in,” said […]

U.N. leaders condemn Putin after he orders ‘peacekeepers’ to Ukraine

NEW YORK — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday recognized two regions in Ukraine as independent and ordered Russian troops to conduct “peacekeeping” operations there, raising fears that Russia is paving the way for an attack. The move set off a round of international condemnation and further isolation at the United Nations, sanctions from the […]

Retired judge McCuskey says he’s optimistic about new legislative watchdog role

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ new legislative watchdog already has a complaint waiting for him when he starts his new job on Tuesday. Retired judge Michael McCuskey said that complaint could offer an indication of the type of job he’s stepping into as the legislative inspector general. It’s an office that critics and even his predecessors have […]