Illinois Public Media to host 13th Cong. Dist. primary debates

URBANA – Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in the 13th Congressional District will take part in debates in the coming weeks. Illinois Public Media, WAND News, and The League of Women Voters of Champaign County are sponsoring the debates. Democratic newcomers Nikki Budzinski and David Palmer will debate live on Thursday, May 26 at […]

What’s in the SAFE-T Act? A look at the 2021 criminal justice reform and how it has evolved

SPRINGFIELD – Amid a campaign season in which every constitutional office and seat in the Illinois General Assembly will be up for vote, rising crime and a landmark criminal justice reform passed in 2021 have become dominant topics for Republicans trying to loosen Democrats’ hold on state government. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, known […]

Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has resumed participation in the federal Title X family planning program after refusing to take part for the past three years in protest over a Trump administration policy regarding abortion services. Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that the state has been awarded $5.4 million in federal funding for the upcoming fiscal […]

Pritzker signs bill requiring serialization of unfinished ‘ghost guns’

SPRINGFILED – Owners of firearms that do not have serial numbers – referred to as ghost guns – will have 180 days to take them to a federal firearm dealer to have them serialized or they will risk being charged with a misdemeanor. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the measure containing that provision, House Bill 4383, into […]

217 Today: Some hospitals have stopped using race to inform patient care

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Today’s headlines: More than half the children who prompted contempt orders against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ director are still waiting for proper placement. The Urbana Board of Education wants to explore converting its two Spanish dual-language programs into one, fully dual-language school, like International Prep Academy in […]