Words and Phrases Now Banished

Would-be guardians of the English language have spoken, and banished another list of words and phrases for mis-use, over-use, and general uselessness.

Illinois Reps. Bost, Budzinski and Miller each disagree on who should be next House speaker

Illinois’ congressional delegation remains split on the choices for the U.S. House’s next speaker as the body took a rare sixth unsuccessful vote Wednesday afternoon. However, Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, and Rep. Nikki Budzinski, D-Springfield, agree on one thing: They are ready to put the voting behind them. While Bost, who represents the 12th District […]

A judge ruled the portion of the SAFE-T Act ending cash bail is unconstitutional

A Kankakee County judge has ruled that the portion of the state’s controversial SAFE-T Act that ends cash bail is unconstitutional. The judge’s ruling late Wednesday comes just four days before cash bail was set to be abolished across Illinois as part of the massive criminal-justice reform law. In his ruling, Kankakee County Chief Judge Thomas W. […]

Rodney Davis set to exit after a decade in Congress

US Rep. Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis is set to leave office after a decade of representing central Illinois in Congress. In June, the Taylorville Republican lost in the GOP primary to fellow incumbent Mary Miller. One of Davis’ final acts in Congress was to help pass the a bill that formalizes same-sex and interracial marriage protections. President Joe Biden signed the […]

New area code coming to southern Illinois

The Illinois Commerce Commission has announced another new area code in the state, this one for 37 southern counties. That will include communities such as Alton, Belleville, Cairo, Carbondale, Centralia, E. St. Louis, Edwardsville and Marion. The new area 730 area code will overlay the existing 618 area code. It’s being done to address the […]

Rivian and Mercedes pause plans to build electric vans together in Europe

Rivian says it’s canceling plans to build electric vans with Mercedes-Benz in Europe, just three months after their joint venture was announced. Rivian is calling it a “pause” in the partnership. The company says it wants to focus on its consumer business and existing commercial business — which is making vans for Amazon. The e-commerce giant […]