Rivian R1T truck named ‘Coolest Thing’ made in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Rivian’s all-electric R1T truck is 2022’s “Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.” That was the result of the third annual Makers Madness bracket-style tournament hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association which allows Illinoisans to vote for the “coolest” product made in the state. This year’s winner was announced at the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday. The […]

Peoria Campustown Starbucks will vote to unionize next month

Workers at the Starbucks Campustown location in Peoria are one step closer to having a union. Ballots for union election voting will be mailed to all employees on April 5, and counted on April 26. Workers say the process is moving faster than expected. Last week, attorneys for Starbucks conceded the company’s right to a […]

Central Illinois Services To Remember 9/11 Terror Attacks

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will visit all three 9/11 memorial sites to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and pay his respects to the nearly 3,000 people killed that day. The White House says Biden will visit ground zero in New York City, the Pentagon and the memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, […]

A Groundbreaking Self-Driving Test Track Could Be Coming To Central Illinois

RANTOUL — An autonomous test track may soon be on its way to the village of Rantoul and the decommissioned Chanute Air Force Base.  An intergovernmental agreement, which establishes the lease and purchase of the land, is expected to be reached on Tuesday between the village of Rantoul and the University of Illinois Board of […]

Illinois Football Player Hosts Free Kids Camp

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois football player Tailon Leitzsey and more than two dozen of his Illini teammates are holding a free camp for kids ages 6-13 on July 17 at Zahnd Field in Champaign. Leitzsey, a senior from Laurel, Md., graduated with a degree in Kinesiology in Dec. 2020 and was put on scholarship […]

Here’s Where To Catch This Weekend’s Local Fireworks

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After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fireworks shows are returning to central Illinois. Here’s where you can see all the area’s displays: July 3: Monticello Freedom Fest: Fireworks at Lodge Park at dusk. Fisher Fireworks: Fireworks at Fisher Fairgrounds at dusk. Seymour Fireworks: Near the Seymour Fire Department at dusk. Hoopeston […]

Former Illini Gymnast Alex Diab Named To Team USA At Tokyo Olympics

URBANA – On Saturday afternoon, Illinois alum Alex Diab was selected as an alternate to represent Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Diab, a Glen Ellyn native, posted scores of 14.500 and 14.900 (29.400) and placed first on still rings, an event where he was a two-time National Champion (2018, 2019) and the program’s […]

University Of Illinois Athletics To Open All Venues To 100% Capacity In 2021-22

URBANA – On Friday, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that all venues will open up to 100% capacity for the 2021-22 season. The decision came in conjunction with the state moving into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. When Illinois women’s golf tees off its season on Aug. 23, the […]