Light snow forecasted for late Thu-Fri AM

Illinois Public Media News is monitoring a winter storm that the National Weather Service in Central Illinois expects to bring light snow to East Central Illinois. We will update this post with the latest forecast information. Updated Thursday at 10:00 p.m. Updated Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Updated Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Updated Thursday at 3:40 […]

Senate gives final approval to Ukraine aid, huge budget bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate has given final congressional approval to a $13.6 billion emergency package of military and humanitarian aid for besieged Ukraine and its European allies. The money hitched a ride on a $1.5 trillion, government-wide spending bill that’s five months late but loaded with political prizes for both parties. Senate passage Thursday night […]

Mendoza urges automatic payments into ‘rainy day fund’

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is pushing legislation that would require the state to make automatic deposits into its so-called “rainy day fund” whenever certain financial conditions are met. Officially known as the Budget Stabilization Fund, it was created in 2001 as a reserve so the state could pay its bills in a timely […]

Republican senator urges bills preventing future health outbreaks get a proper hearing

SPRINGFIELD – The state failed to protect 36 veterans who died at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home during a COVID-19 outbreak that began in 2020, said a legislator who has introduced bills she said would ensure the agency has quicker and better responses in the future. Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, reintroduced legislation to improve and hasten […]

New casino approved for Danville

DANVILLE – The Golden Nugget Casino is one big step closer to calling Danville home. On Thursday morning, all four members of the Illinois Gaming Commission voted “yes” to allow Danville Development to move forward with its plans to build and open a new casino. Danville’s casino application is the last one in the state […]

MLB and players agree to a new labor contract, paving the way to a full 2022 season

Updated March 10, 2022 at 4:48 PM ET NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a new collective bargaining agreement — paving the way for baseball’s return on April 7. The new collective bargaining agreement must be approved by both sides before it becomes […]

State Farm plans a $21 million airport hangar in Bloomington

State Farm wants more airport hangar space to fly its corporate travelers in and out of Bloomington. Central Illinois Regional Airport has submitted plans for the $21.5 million project to the city of Bloomington. Airport Director Carl Olson said State Farm wants to replace the hangar it’s been using at the airport since 1999, noting […]

Caterpillar suspends Russian manufacturing operations amid deepening scrutiny

Caterpillar is suspending operations in its Russian manufacturing facilities as a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is wreaked by Russia’s continuing invasion of its neighbor. In a statement, the company said operations in Russia have become increasingly challenging due to supply chain disruptions and sanctions. The company said it is complying with all applicable laws and […]

How a rural hospital broke language barriers to provide COVID vaccines to immigrants

SEYMOUR, Ind. — In the days leading up to her hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic, hospital administrator Bethany Daugherty carefully monitored pre-registrations. The numbers were low: only about 30 people signed up to receive their shot. “I thought, ‘Well, 30 is better than zero,’” said Daughtery, the health and wellness education specialist at the Schneck Medical […]

217 Today: High school students who speak multiple languages help promote COVID-19 vaccines

Thursday, March 10, 2022 Today’s headlines: Mike Madigan made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday to answer corruption charges. Lawmakers have condemned anti-Semitic flyers anonymously distributed in Skokie and Chicago.  A former U.S. ambassador to the former Soviet state of Georgia thinks Russian president Vladimir Putin will not use nuclear weapons. The IHSA Boys […]

Madigan, McClain plead not guilty to racketeering charges

SPRINGFIELD – Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and former lobbyist Michael McClain on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of racketeering, bribery, fraud and extortion. Both were arraigned on those charges during a teleconference hearing before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Cole, a hearing that was prolonged several minutes because McClain had […]