Judge sentences IL couple to probation for entering US Capitol

CHICAGO — A federal judge sentenced a suburban Chicago couple to 18 months of probation Tuesday for entering the U.S. Capitol through a broken window during the Jan. 6 riot and joining a mob trying to break into the congressional chambers. Seventy-two-year-old John Schubert and 62-year-old Amy Schubert of Crest Hill pleaded guilty in December […]

Illinois House votes to make face masks optional

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House amended COVID-19 protocols Tuesday, lifting face covering requirements following weeks of pushback from Republican members who sometimes refused to wear masks and delayed the start of session on several occasions.  In a 104-1 vote, the House passed House Resolution 717 that lifted the face mask requirement. Temperature checks when members walk into […]

Former Sen. Tom Cullerton pleads guilty to embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD – Former state Sen. Tom Cullerton pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of embezzlement and could face more than a year in federal prison. During a plea hearing in federal court in Chicago, Cullerton admitted that he received pay and benefits from the Teamsters Joint Council 25 during 2015 while doing little or no […]

AP Source: Biden to ban Russian oil imports over Ukraine war

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has decided to ban Russian oil imports, toughening the toll on Russia’s economy in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, according to a person familiar with the matter. The move follows pleas by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to U.S. and Western officials to cut off the imports. Energy exports have […]

Parental mental health practice starts remote during pandemic

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CHAMPAIGN — A new business in Champaign County specializes in providing mental health support during and after pregnancy.   The Village started in the era of remote therapy and the founders plan to keep it that way. “Our population actually works very well with virtual, because if you’re not feeling well, you’re at home with a […]

Lawmakers are working to remove a barrier to quality school lunches

An effort to improve the quality of school meals for lower-income and minority students is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly. The Better School Lunches Act has moved on to the Senate after passing unanimously through the state House last week. Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, reintroduced the legislation after photos of some less-than-appetizing […]

Gasoline prices surge to a national record, with prices topping $4.17 gallon

WASHINGTON — U.S. gasoline prices set a new national record on Tuesday as global crude prices have surged following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The average cost of a gallon of regular fuel is now $4.173, according to AAA. That’s the highest ever recorded, not accounting for inflation, surpassing the $4.114 high-water mark set in the […]

Senate passes anti-lynching bill and sends federal hate-crimes legislation to Biden

WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Monday that criminalizes lynching and make it punishable by up to 30 years in prison. It sailed through the House of Representatives last month, and President Biden is expected to sign it. While it eased through both chambers of Congress this time with virtually no opposition, […]