Bill would require schools to offer vegan, vegetarian options upon request

SPRINGFIELD – Public schools in Illinois may soon be serving a lot more vegan and vegetarian meals, thanks to a bill that cleared the General Assembly Tuesday. House Bill 4089 requires school districts to provide a plant-based lunch option that complies with federal nutritional requirements to any student who submits a prior request to the district […]

Without a Prisoner Review Board quorum, clemency hearings indefinitely postponed

SPRINGFIELD – Chicago attorney Alan Mills has a client on the Prisoner Review Board’s clemency docket in April. His hearing has been indefinitely postponed because there is no longer a quorum on the PRB. The client is a contractor who recently remodeled Mills’ law office, the Uptown People’s Law Center, and has a conviction for […]

Not a fan of daylight saving time? Don’t blame farmers

Every spring Americans grumble about losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time. This year the debate over changing the clocks is lingering, after the U.S. Senate passed a bill to end the biannual time changes and make daylight saving time permanent. Similar measures have been proposed in 27 states, including Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois […]

217 Today: Children of frontline healthcare workers saw the pandemic’s scariest moments

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Today’s headlines: As Champaign teachers prepare for a possible strike, a Unit 4 Board of Education member explained the district’s side of contract negotiations at Monday’s school board meeting. This year the annual debate over daylight saving time has lingered longer than usual after the U.S. Senate passed a bill recently […]

Champaign Unit 4 board member speaks ahead of possible strike

CHAMPAIGN – As Champaign teachers prepare for a possible strike, a Unit 4 School District Board of Education member explained the district’s side of contract negotiations. The board has otherwise declined all interview requests and provided generic, written statements instead.  Board member Bruce Brown spoke at Monday’s meeting. He emphasized that elementary school teachers would […]