2nd ex-prison guard convicted in inmate beating death

SPRINGFIELD — A former Illinois prison guard could face life in prison after a jury found him guilty of violating the civil rights of a 65-year-old inmate who died after correctional officers beat him in a lockup more than four years ago. A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before returning guilty verdicts […]

2 Illinois brothers face charges in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

CHICAGO — Two Illinois brothers have been arrested on felony charges for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The FBI says in a news release that 55-year-old Daniel Leyden of Chicago and 56-year-old Joseph Leyden of La Grange were arrested in Illinois on Tuesday. Both are accused of being part of mobs that […]

As Evidence Based Funding formula turns 5, lawmakers reflect on historic legislation

SPRINGFIELD – Five years ago this month, Illinois lawmakers passed legislation that overhauled the way public schools in the state are funded. The so-called Evidence Based Funding formula, or EBF, was designed to calculate the actual cost for each district to provide the kind of education the state expects, and then gradually increase the share […]

Cohort of freshmen with autism start Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative

URBANA — Fall classes began Monday at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It was also the beginning of the university’s new Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative. The program aims to smooth the experience of college for students with autism. INI Director Jeanne Kramer created the program after leading an internship pipeline program specifically for University of Illinois […]

Marketplace plans deny in-network claims more than you might think

The rate of uninsured Americans has been declining, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid in many states. But a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that having health insurance doesn’t always mean the care you need will be covered, even if that care is provided in-network. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2022/08/insurancedenials-2way-web.mp3 Listen to […]

217 Today: Marketplace plans deny in-network claims more than you might think

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Today’s headlines: A drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes can lower the severity of COVID-19, according to a new study from Northwestern University. Students at the University of Illinois returned to campus on Monday for the first day of classes. Ten University of Illinois students have signed up to be the first […]