Attorney general files first civil hate crime lawsuit under authority expanded in 2018

SPRINGFIELD – For the first time since lawmakers expanded the state’s hate crime law in 2018, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is launching a civil lawsuit against two Illinoisans for allegedly engaging in hate crimes. The lawsuit says two residents of Carroll County in northwest Illinois lynched an effigy of their neighbor, who is Black, to […]

Biden appeals for tougher gun laws: ‘How much more carnage?’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has delivered an impassioned plea to Congress to act on gun control. In an address to the nation Thursday night, he called on lawmakers to restore limits on the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines after a string of mass shootings in the country. Biden is trying to drive […]

Recapping Illinois’ 13th Democratic District Debate

URBANA – Democratic candidates, Nikki Budzinski, a former aide to President Joe Biden and Governor J.B. Pritzker and David Palmer, a businessman and former basketball player, met last Thursday for an Illinois Public Media-sponsored debate. They largely agreed on the issues plaguing Americans but differed in a few key areas. Gun violence After the recent […]

Chicago man has Illinois’ first probable case of monkeypox

CHICAGO — State and Chicago health officials say a Chicago man who recently traveled to Europe has Illinois’ first probable case of monkeypox. The Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health said Thursday the man has not required hospitalization and is “isolating at home in good condition.” Monkeypox belongs to the […]

Champaign County survey is the first step in filling rural internet gaps

URBANA — Surveyors will start knocking on doors in rural Champaign County this weekend to ask residents if they are happy with their internet service. Champaign County officials commissioned the survey to find the most efficient way to close internet gaps with $3 million in COVID-19 relief. “There might be a way that we can […]