Biden taps 1st Black woman, LGBT White House press secretary

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary. She will be the first Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the role. Incumbent Jen Psaki is set to leave the role next week. Biden is also bringing back longtime Democratic strategist Anita […]

Macon-Piatt hosts family night to dispel rumors about Social Emotional Alternative Program

DECATUR — Two Special Education programs housed at Decatur Public Schools are combining next year. Administrators worry that the change has prompted misinformation to spread. “We want our new students to feel welcome. It’s not a scary place. It’s not a jail. People have almost made those correlations,” says Social Emotional Alternative Program Principal Jessica […]

The Dow rallies to its best day since 2020 after the Fed rules out larger rate hikes

NEW YORK –Stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by half a percentage point, but ruled out lifting them by larger amounts going forward. The Fed is waging a tough fight against inflation, delivering on Wednesday its biggest rate hike in more than two decades. But investors were relieved after Fed […]

Illinois could become an oasis in an ‘abortion desert’ if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Abortions will still be legal in the state of Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the federal constitutional protections enshrined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But Planned Parenthood of Illinois president and CEO Jennifer Welch warns the state would become an oasis in a Midwestern “abortion desert” if a draft majority opinion […]

Abortion rights around the world

This AP digital embed map shows the availability of abortion access in countries around the world, whether the procedure is prohibited, available only to preserve the life or health of the pregnant patient, available to address social or economic factors, or available on request. This map is current as of May 4, 2022 and will […]