State files appeal to Supreme Court on mask mandate ruling

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to review the state’s mask mandate and other COVID-19 mitigation orders for K-12 schools on an expedited schedule. Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a petition for appeal Tuesday, along with a motion for an emergency stay of a Sangamon County judge’s order to block enforcement of […]

McCuskey takes the helm at Legislative Inspector General’s Office

SPRINGFIELD – Michael McCuskey assumed his role of legislative inspector general this week, bringing 32 years of judicial experience to the position charged with investigating lawmaker misconduct. “I want them to be a little scared of me,” McCuskey, in an interview, said of the lawmakers who appointed him on Feb. 17. For the first time, […]

Tom Cullerton resigns Senate seat, reportedly plans to plead guilty to federal charges

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, resigned his seat Wednesday and will reportedly plead guilty next month to federal corruption charges. Cullerton, 52, a former chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and was seated in 2013. In August 2019, he was indicted on multiple charges […]

COVID relief allows Decatur to launch free after-school classes

DECATUR — Decatur Public Schools has long wanted to offer classes before and after school. It took federal COVID-19 relief to make that happen. When DPS tried to launch this optional, extended school day in the past, families had to pay. Now, thanks to COVID relief, it’s free. “Three years ago, this priority bubbled to […]

217 Today: Farmers feel the effects of climate change across the Midwest

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ Democratic House Speaker is optimistic cooler heads will prevail after what he called a “productive” meeting with the House’s Republican leader. Decatur Public Schools has received $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief. As the community celebrates Lunar New Year, the Champaign Public Library has opened an art exhibit to […]