Ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is indicted on federal racketeering charges

The prosecution of Madigan — who set a national record by serving as House speaker for 36 years — represented the most significant corruption case in the notoriously toxic world of Chicago and Illinois politics since the conviction a decade ago of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In bringing the long-anticipated case, federal prosecutors targeted a […]

The White House has a new plan for COVID-19 aimed at getting things back to normal

WASHINGTON — The White House is unveiling a new roadmap for the COVID-19 pandemic, one that envisions life going back to normal after two years of crisis, providing for people to get tested and treat the disease, while staying vigilant for new variants and outbreaks. “We are no longer going to let COVID-19 dictate how […]

IDPH Director Ezike to step down March 14

Pritzker declares March 1 ‘Dr. Ngozi Ezike Day’ in Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike will resign on March 14 after three years leading the agency and two years navigating a deadly pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 32,000 Illinoisans.  Ezike, who was appointed IDPH director […]

5 takeaways from Biden’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s first formal State of the Union address focused on Ukraine, inflation, the coronavirus pandemic and a four-point “Unity Agenda.” He urged world unity in standing up to Russia, listed ways he’s trying to address rising prices (even if they will likely have limited to no effect in the short term) and […]

U.N. set to hold vote that would demand Russia end war in Ukraine

NEW YORK — The United Nations General Assembly will vote on Wednesday on a non-binding resolution that condemns Russia for the violence in Ukraine and demands an immediate withdrawal. By the end of Tuesday, 94 U.N. member countries had cosponsored the resolution, signaling what is certain to be a lopsided vote against Russia, which is […]

Illinois schools prepare to tutor way out of learning loss

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URBANA — Illinois schools are signing up for a new state tutoring initiative to help the students who struggled most in remote school. By this summer, the state plans to send tutors out three times a week to 48 school districts across Illinois. School districts in Danville, Decatur, Rantoul and Urbana are among those eligible […]