Urbana and Champaign fire departments complete joint high-rise fire training

For the Urbana and Champaign fire departments, extinguishing fires in multi-story buildings will be a breeze after the departments completed their joint high-rise training last week at Sherman Hall in Champaign.    The bi-annual training took place from July 14 to 16. During it, the departments split into smaller crews and rotated through three stations […]

217 Today: New clinics aim to help patients suffering from long-term COVID-19 symptoms

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19. Another county resident – a man in his 70s – has died from COVID-19.  This is the fifth COVID-19-related death in July and brings the countywide death toll to 301. Governor JB Pritzker ended COVID-19 vaccine mandates for higher education […]

217 Today: ‘Living room’ approach aims to plug gaps in mental health services

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois State Police will start keeping clear and present danger reports to prevent some people from obtaining a Firearm Owners’ ID. The Catholic healthcare provider OSF HealthCare will only cover fertility treatments for its married, opposite-sex workers. The Urbana City Council is considering whether to allow a second plasma […]

University of Illinois tags students’ bicycles with stickers for campus bike clean-up

URBANA – At the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana campus, there’s a bike rack within 150 feet of nearly every campus building. Altogether, these bike racks can accommodate at least 11,635 bicycles, as of October 2019.  However, nearly 1,000 bikes that are parked at these campus bike racks this summer haven’t been moved in weeks, […]

217 Today: Some in Illinois still waiting for redress from cannabis industry

Friday, July 15, 2022 Today’s headlines: Many doctors from Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin are now working out of a health center across the Illinois border. In the aftermath of the Highland Park mass shooting over the Fourth of July weekend, Illinois politicians are sparring over gun legislation. If your bicycle is parked at a University […]

217 Today: In rural communities, LGBTQ farmers are becoming more visible

Thursday, July 14, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois college students and people who work in higher education in the state will no longer face COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Last week, Judge Lisa Holder White was sworn in as the first Black woman justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. She said her time as both a prosecutor and […]

217 Today: A new law limits disposal of long-lasting chemicals in Illinois, but there are still challenges

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has appointed a new director of the state’s public health department. Dr. Colleen McNicholas testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on what her clinic has experienced since Roe v. Wade was overturned. Black facilities workers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have taken a major […]

Dobbs ruling may have implications for transgender people’s access to healthcare

As protests continue after the repeal of Roe v. Wade – a ruling that allows states to control access to abortion – the conversation often revolves around women’s reproductive rights. But women aren’t the only ones whose access to healthcare is impacted by the recent Supreme Court decision. Transgender and non-binary people can – and […]

217 Today: Wheat prices are up this year, but farmers could lose money this harvest season

Friday, July 8, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ Republican candidate for governor blames the state for letting the alleged Highland Park shooter buy his guns. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is hiking financial support to foster parents and caregivers to offset the impacts of rising costs. A week after the first Black woman […]

Champaign County residents celebrate patriotism with annual Fourth of July parade

While a few hours to the north, the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park was marred by tragedy, things were peaceful in Champaign-Urbana.  On Monday, Champaign County kicked off its annual Fourth of July parade, featuring a lineup of political candidates; various tractors and firetrucks; activist groups; local businesses and more.   Starting at the […]