How did Illinois’ delegation vote for Speaker of the House?

Updated Saturday 1:10 a.m. WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Kevin McCarthy has been elected House speaker on a historic post-midnight 15th ballot, overcoming holdouts from his own ranks. Floor tensions boiled over into shouting after a chaotic week that tested the new GOP majority’s ability to govern. But McCarthy prevailed in the end as he had […]

Weather Service confirms 7 tornado touchdowns on Tuesday in Central Illinois

URBANA – The National Weather Service confirms there were seven tornado touchdowns in Central Illinois on Tuesday. Meteorologists say there were three touchdowns in Macon County, two more in Sangamon County, one in Logan County, and one southeast of Gibson City in Ford County. After surveying all of the damage sites, it was determined that a […]

Tornado warned storms cause damage in Central Illinois

Illinois Public Media is tracking severe storms in Central Illinois on January 3, 2023. This story will be updated with posts from Chambana Weather meteorologist Andrew Pritchard and the National Weather Service. Updated at 10:50 p.m. Here is the National Weather Service Central Illinois map of the storm reports. It now indicates 6 tornado touchdowns. Meteorologists will survey […]

Local farm turns Christmas trees into tasty snacks for goats

WHITE HEATH – On a gray overcast day in late December, 40 goats and a few sheep await a green, tasty snack in a pasture in White Heath. Mitch Gardner runs Goats on the Go Champaign-Urbana. He lays a Christmas tree on its side at his farm along I-72 near the Piatt and Champaign County […]

Superintendent: Paris HS must replace gym floor after pipe burst and flood

PARIS – The superintendent of an Eastern Illinois school district says the gymnasium floor of the high school must be rebuilt after a pipe break and flood. It was the Christmas Day surprise that Paris Union School District No. 95 superintendent Jeremy Larson was not expecting. “When you walk into the school and into that […]

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers last week passed significant legislation dealing with electric vehicle manufacturing incentives and the availability of hygiene products for prisoners in the state’s correctional system. But some weightier issues, including a possible assault weapons ban, will wait until a lame duck session scheduled for early January. Last week, lawmakers wrapped up a […]

Fire heavily damages home and garage in Champaign

Fire destroyed one home and heavily damaged a second near 2nd and Hill Streets in Champaign tonight. No word yet on if there were any injuries. — Reg News (@RNewsWILL) December 4, 2022 CHAMPAIGN – A fire heavily damaged a home and detached garage in Champaign late Saturday night. Fire Department Public Information Officer […]

Urbana church remembers Colorado club shooting and transgender violence victims

URBANA – The deadly mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub was on the minds of Urbana churchgoers as they remembered transgender people who were violently killed. Nearly 50 people gathered Sunday night at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign. The vigil was already scheduled to remember transgender people murdered within the last year but had extra […]

‘State of Change’ program focuses on the effect of carbon in Illinois

URBANA – Carbon is a key to life on Earth. Whether it’s animals, people, plants, or water, life on our planet would not be possible without carbon. Human use of carbon means Illinois and our planet are in a State of Change.  The second episode of State of Change premieres Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 […]

Update: Urbana HS to hold e-learning day on Thursday

URBANA – Urbana High School will hold an e-learning day on Thursday. The decision comes after the school went into lockdown for much of Wednesday after someone sent threats of violence. No one was hurt in yesterday’s incident. The FBI and Urbana police are investigating the threats but so far there are no arrests. Urbana High […]

Budzinski flips 13th Congressional District from red to blue

SPRINGFIELD – Voters in Illinois’ recently redrawn 13th congressional district elected a Democrat on Tuesday night. Republican congressman Rodney Davis represented the district for 5-terms. But now the district will flip blue after first-time candidate Nikki Budzinski secured victory by more than 20,000 votes. Budzinski is a former aide to Governor JB Pritzker and President […]