Demi Lovato completes Illinois State Fair Grandstand lineup

SPRINGFIELD — Grammy Award-nominated singer Demi Lovato is the latest act to join this summer’s Illinois State Fair Grandstand lineup. Lovato, who is also an actor, best-selling author and LGBTQ activist, takes the stage Aug. 13 with hits including “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Sober,” “Skyscraper” and “OK Not to be OK.” Grandstand tickets went on sale […]

Obama tests positive for COVID-19, says he’s ‘feeling fine’

Former President Barack Obama says he tested positive for the coronavirus. But he’s feeling relatively healthy and his wife, Michelle, tested negative. Obama says on Twitter, “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise.” Obama is encouraging more Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite the declining infection […]

Bird flu confirmed in backyard flock in central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Avian flu has been confirmed in a backyard flock of birds in central Illinois. State Agriculture officials said Saturday that the flock is non-commercial and the affected premises in McLean County have been quarantined. Officials add that birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. The Illinois […]

Officials: Legionella detected at 2 Illinois prisons

SPRINGFIELD — Legionella bacteria has been detected at two Illinois Department of Corrections facilities. The Illinois departments of Public Health and Corrections announced Friday that routine water testing this week found legionella at the Stateville Correctional Center and Joliet Treatment Center. Officials said no inmates or staff at either facility are exhibiting symptoms of Legionnaire’s […]