Chicago seeks central Illinois help with overflow of bused migrants

The City of Chicago is reaching out to other cities across Illinois for help as it deals with an influx of migrants bused in by red state governors. Chicago has received more than 1,000 immigrants bused north from states, including Florida and Texas. Sending migrants north is meant to highlight what those southern states say […]

Midwestern partnership backs hydrogen as clean energy source

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Seven Midwestern states are teaming up to accelerate the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source. The Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition will include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Hydrogen is used to power some cars, trucks and trains. But a shortage of fueling stations limits their appeal. Laws […]

Champaign signed contracts with violence prevention groups. Other cities spent COVID relief money on policing.

CHAMPAIGN — Cities across the United States saw a spike in violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden administration encouraged cities to turn to one-time, relief dollars for help. While Champaign signed contracts with grassroots, violence prevention groups, many places instead invested in traditional policing – even when they reported spending the money on alternatives. […]

Watch Live: Queen Elizabeth’s funeral service

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral service is taking place at Westminster Abbey in London, with President Biden and other world leaders attending. The queen died on Sept. 8 at age 96. She had served as queen since 1952. Watch the events honoring her reign live.

Storm brings heavy rain, winds into C-U

URBANA – Severe storms early Monday brought hail, heavy rain and high winds through central Illinois. Around 1:00 a.m., the National Weather Service office in Lincoln issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Champaign county. Within the hour, heavy rain poured down on Champaign-Urbana. Large hail was also reported in Mahomet. The National Weather Service reports […]