‘We’ve seen an uptick in some aggressive behaviors.’ State task force talks increase in school violence

ROCKFORD — Around one-third of teachers in the U.S. say they’ve experienced at least one incident of verbal harassment or threat of violence from students during the pandemic. That’s according to a 2022 survey from the American Psychological Association. It’s a big jump from before COVID, when 10% of teachers reported being threatened. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s528/audio/2023/01/0118safef.mp3 Listen […]

Many Illinois sheriffs oppose assault weapons ban

MACOMB — A number of sheriffs in Illinois –including those in McDonough and Knox counties — have issued statements saying they won’t enforce an assault weapons ban signed this week by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The Protect Illinois Communities Act The measure (HB 5471) became law upon the governor’s signature. It bans AR-15 style guns. However, […]

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.