New law provides $700 million for nursing home staffing

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Tuesday that will pump an additional $700 million annually into Medicaid-funded nursing homes, provided they use that money to increase staff and wages in their facilities. “This is truly a game changer,” Pritzker said at a bill signing ceremony at a Chicago-area nursing home. “… Together we’ve delivered […]

Champaign Public Library appoints Brittany Millington as library director

On June 1, the Champaign Public Library will welcome its new director – its former deputy director who has more than 17 years of experience working in libraries.  Brittany Millington takes over for retiring director Donna Pittman, who has been the director since 2016.  Millington has served as the library’s deputy director since 2017 and […]

How the newest federal prison became one of the deadliest

THOMSON — Bobby Everson was nearing the end of his decade-long federal prison sentence, but he feared he wouldn’t make it home alive. In July 2021, he was sent to the Special Management Unit at the new U.S. penitentiary in Thomson, Ill. — a program meant for some of the most violent and disruptive prisoners, […]