Assyrian Caucus looks to address challenges facing the community

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have formed the Illinois Assyrian Caucus in an effort to help them understand and learn about challenges facing the Assyrian community and how to address them. Sen. Ram Villivalam, D-Chicago, announced the formation of the caucus at a news conference in early March. The caucus has 18 founding members from the Senate and […]

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue it marginalizes LGBTQ people. The legislation has pushed Florida and DeSantis, an ascending Republican and potential 2024 […]

Illinois prison guards’ trial in fatal inmate beating opens

Larry Earvin

SPRINGFIELD — A federal prosecutor says three Illinois state prison guards brutally beat a handcuffed 65-year-old inmate and conspired to cover it up. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass opened the trial Monday of Illinois Department of Corrections officers Todd Sheffler and Alex Banta. They are charged with civil rights violations and falsifying records in the […]

Health care data could be the next frontier for blockchain technology

PEORIA — You may have heard about blockchain technology in the context of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Dr. John Vozenilek, vice president and chief medical officer of OSF Innovation and Digital Health, says the blockchain platform may also have a transformative use in health care data. Listen to this story here. “The use of blockchain, […]

Land bank to start repairing rural houses, thanks to COVID relief

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Davis describes an ideal client for his new project. An elderly couple is trying to make ends meet with their retirement income. They can’t afford to fix their leaky roof. By the time they pass their house onto their children, the house has mold and is too far gone for repairs. This […]

217 Today: Healthcare industry looks to blockchain to help securely share data

Monday, March 28, 2022 Today’s headlines: Residents of rural Champaign County have a new chance to pay for home repairs too expensive for their incomes. A new recreational space is coming to Champaign’s Garden Hills community this summer. A building boom is underway in Danville as residents prepare for a new casino and other projects. […]

After Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, the Oscars took a turn

Editor’s note: This post contains information that some may find offensive. It was an unsurprising Oscars telecast until Will Smith hit Chris Rock. The favorites had mostly won: Ariana DeBose for West Side Story, Troy Kotsur for CODA, lots of technical awards for Dune. The hosts — Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes — […]