US promises more Ukraine aid, Biden announces veteran envoy

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Monday that Ukraine risks provoking World War III and said the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated.” In an in-depth Russian TV interview, Lavrov blamed Ukraine for stalled talks between the two countries, and accused the United States and Britain of pressuring Kyiv not to reach […]

Jury convicts 1 prison guard in inmate deaths, hung on 2nd

Larry Earvin

SPRINGFIELD — Jurors have convicted an Illinois Department of Corrections officer for violating the civil rights of an inmate brutally beaten at a western Illinois prison in 2018, but could not reach a verdict against a superior. Thirty-year-old Alex Banta, of Quincy, was convicted Monday after a four-week trial in U.S. District Court of conspiracy […]

‘Golden Girls’ shows little age at inaugural fan convention

CHICAGO — TV shows about sci-fi or comic book fare usually inspire fan conventions — not a sitcom about four women of a certain age living together in Florida. But more than 2,000 “The Golden Girls” fans are converging this weekend for Golden-Con in Chicago. The three-day event, which started Friday, giving people a chance […]

Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44B and will privatize company

Elon Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for roughly $44 billion on Monday, promising a more lenient touch to policing content on the platform where he promotes his interests, attacks critics and opines on social and economic issues to more than 83 million followers. The outspoken Tesla CEO, who is also the world’s wealthiest […]

Pritzker appoints rejected Prisoner Review Board member to labor board

Former Illinois Prisoner Review Board member Jeffrey Mears, who failed to receive confirmation for that post from the Illinois Senate last month, has been appointed to the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Gov. JB Pritzker made that appointment Thursday, setting Mears up to face another Senate vote in the next General Assembly. The Illinois Labor Relations Board certifies […]

217 Today: Pork producers resist attempts to change the way they raise pigs

Monday, April 25, 2022 Today’s headlines: The National Science Foundation has given two groups of University of Illinois researchers awards totaling more than $40 million. The Autism Program at the University of Illinois continues to provide an online summer camp for prospective students with autism. Champaign-Urbana residents cheered as artist Langston Allston cut a ceremonial […]

Pork producers are taking a gamble to get more money for lobbying and lawsuits

Looking for ways to fund lobbying and legal efforts to preserve their way of business, pork producers are turning down guaranteed money that could go to advertising and marketing. Pork producers are feeling threatened by attempts to change the way they raise pigs. So much so that they made the surprising move of reducing the […]