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 […]