3 ex-cops convicted of rights violations in Floyd killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Three former Minneapolis police officers have been convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the 46-year-old Black […]

Champaign residents call for city council member resignation amid controversy

Some Champaign residents called this week for two city council members to resign following comments they made at a meeting earlier this month. The demands for council members Alicia Beck and Michael Foellmer to step down stemmed from an exchange Beck had with two local residents at the council’s Feb. 15 meeting. The Champaign residents, […]

Winter Weather Advisory: Thursday noon-Friday 6am

Illinois Public Media News is monitoring a winter storm that the National Weather Service in Central Illinois expects to bring snow to East Central Illinois. We will update this post with the latest forecast information. Updated Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Updated Thursday at 12:20 p.m. Updated Thursday at 6:00 a.m. Winter weather advisory begins today […]

LIVE: Biden announces new sanctions after Russia attacks Ukraine

President Biden is expected on Thursday to issue a new round of economic sanctions meant to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for attacking Ukraine. Biden warned of a “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering” as Russian-backed separatists invaded Ukraine. Watch Biden live here for remarks scheduled to begin at 12:30 ET: What’s been the […]

University of Illinois calls police on grad students protesting to keep mask requirements

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois called police on a small graduate student worker protest on Wednesday and is threatening to suspend one or more participants. The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) held the protest, in opposition to administration plans to relax campus-wide mask requirements.  The university alleges one or more protesters kicked and shoved someone […]

Some moms look to breast milk to protect kids too young to be vaccinated

Sara Freund’s son, Elijah, has an incurable kidney disorder. His medications suppress his immune system, making him especially vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, the Freunds have been really careful. They sheltered in place in their Wisconsin home to protect Elijah as best as they could. Freund said they even kept Elijah’s older […]