Champaign police announces 3 finalists for chief

Champaign Police Cars

CHAMPAIGN – The city of Champaign has announced three finalists for the role of police chief. Angela Coonce is the Commander of the North Patrol Division of the St. Louis, Missouri police department. She has held that post since November 2019. Most of her career has been with that department. She holds advanced degrees in Security […]

Whitman’s ‘persistence’ brings Shauna Green to Illinois as new WBB coach

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman drove from Indianapolis to Dayton right after the Illinois men’s basketball team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament to talk to Shauna Green about the Illini women’s basketball job.  He drove from Pittsburgh to Dayton to talk with Green and her family again about the position last […]

State Supreme Court asked to define limits of river access

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to decide the extent to which property owners can block anyone else, including neighboring property owners, from accessing a river that runs through their property. It’s a question of law that Illinois courts have not fully addressed before and one over which different states have vastly […]

Senate rejects Prisoner Review Board appointee

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Executive Appointments Committee moved six appointees to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board through committee on Tuesday, but the only appointee of Gov. JB Pritzker that came for a vote before the full Senate was rejected. The 15-member Prisoner Review Board decides on the release and conditions of release for offenders from […]

217 Today: Midwest offers untapped potential for maple syrup production

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Today’s headlines: Governor J.B. Pritzker says the state is monitoring the latest COVID-19 subvariant, Omicron BA.2, which is picking up speed in Illinois. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says he was compelled by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s plea to a joint session of Congress last week. Lawmakers in Springfield are […]

State bill addresses addiction, mental illness stigma by paying employers

A man sits next to a doctor's office brain chart. In the foreground, a man wears a white coat.

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers in Springfield are attempting to address stigmas around mental illness and substance abuse – by paying employers to hire those in recovery. If the Recovery Tax Credit bill passes, the state would lower taxes for businesses that hire people who have, at minimum, started treatment for mental illness or substance abuse. “One […]

Maple syrup producers in the lower Midwest tap into small, local markets

AMES, Ia. — In recent weeks, producers and hobbyists across the Midwest have been tapping their trees and making maple syrup. They were waiting for just the right conditions for the sap to run: temperatures above freezing during the day that dip below freezing at night. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s60/audio/2022/03/0316maplesyrupweb2.mp3 Listen to this story here. “This is kind […]