Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 Today’s headlines: A court monitor recently found the Illinois Department of Corrections has failed to make some required improvements in its
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: A union representing about 300 state employees has come to an agreement with Gov. JB Pritzker’s office on his
Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans who use smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa are subject to new data protections under a law signed last
Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: County clerks in Illinois will likely lose somewhere between $5-15 million in bond processing fees whn the state goes
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a massive energy and climate plan to put Illinois on a path to 100
MAHOMET — The Champaign County Forest Preserve District has chosen a new executive director. Lorrie Pearson will begin her new role on September 27th. She
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 Today’s headines: Southern Illinois reached a new record on Tuesday, with zero available ICU beds in Region 5. Gov. JB Pritzker
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois Senate passed major energy and climate legislation Monday. It now goes to the governor, who says he
Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois Senate returns to Springfield Monday in hopes of wrapping up a last-minute energy deal. People across Central
Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois House passed major energy and climate legislation Thursday night that aims to put Illinois on the path
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 Today’s headlines: As energy negotiations continue in Springfield, renewable energy entrepreneurs say each day that goes by means a less certain
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 Today’s headlines: Adlai Stevenson III, who was born into a political family and carved out his own accomplishments, has died. Illinoisans
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 Today’s headlines: Time is running out for lawmakers in Springfield to agree on a massive energy and climate plan. It’s been
Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ governor says COVID cases among school students are likely higher than what official numbers show. Central Illinois U.S.
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 Today’s headlines: Republican U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger says the U.S. exit in Afghanistan was “probably some of the worst military decision-making
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 Today’s headlines: Comprehensive energy legislation finally moved through the Illinois Senate Tuesday night after a months long impasse. Democrats in the
Tuesday August 31, 2021 Today’s headlines: Democrats in the General Assembly are set to vote on new legislative maps as they return to Springfield Tuesday.
Monday, August 30, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield this week to revise new legislative maps that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly
Friday, August 27, 2021 Today’s headlines: All Illinois teachers, school staff and college students will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before September 5th under
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to reestablish a statewide mask mandate and announce vaccine mandates for school staff. The
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Today’s headlines: A longtime fixture in state and national Democratic politics is mounting a challenge to Congressman Rodney Davis in Illinois’
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Today’s headlines: A new use-of-force policy for Urbana Police places an emphasis on deescalating potentially violent situations. Extensive changes are on
Monday, August 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: The percentage of available intensive care beds has dropped below 20% in Illinois, as the number of COVID hospitalizations
Friday, August 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: With a difficult governor’s race next year, Illinois GOP leaders face an uphill battle to unite the party behind
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: Leaders in charge of the Democratic Party of Illinois are preaching party unity even as former House Speaker Mike
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Today’s headlines: At the Illinois State Fairgrounds Wednesday, Democrats will promote party unity at their annual rally day. But just outside,
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker is brushing off findings by Republicans and independent consultants that the new legislative maps passed by
Monday, August 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker recently signed a series of measures that advocates say could take a sizable share of Illinoisans off
CHAMPAIGN — At least one Democrat is throwing his hat in the ring to run for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Rodney Davis,
Thursday, August 5, 2021 Today’s headlines: Masks will be required in all Illinois schools and childcare facilities effective immediately. Gov. JB Pritzker made that announcement
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly says he’s hopeful a new law will help slow illegal gun transfers, as
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker has signed a new law aimed at actually removing guns from Illinoisans with revoked gun licenses.
Monday, August 2, 2021 Today’s headlines: Senator Dick Durbin hopes to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
URBANA – Authorities have charged an Urbana man with attempted first-degree murder and several other crimes after he allegedly rammed a stolen truck into the
OAKWOOD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy announced on Tuesday they were suing Dynegy Midwest Generation over the
Thursday May 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Officials say the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Champaign police officer is ongoing. Students in Illinois would
CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign police officer and a city resident have both died after being shot when police responded to a domestic disturbance early Wednesday
Wednesday May 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: A lawsuit filed by 22 Illinois school districts alleges Gov. JB Pritzker is not doing enough to emphasize spending
Monday May 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: With two weeks remaining in the General Assembly’s spring session, lawmakers’ attention will turn toward the state budget, and
Friday May 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker’s office is shielding itself from blame in the massive COVID outbreak at a state-run veterans’ home
Thursday May 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: One of Illinois’ most influential business associations says the state is facing a severe labor shortage because of enhanced
Wednesday May 12, 2021 Today’s headlines: The head of an investigation into a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home says confusion over pandemic
Tuesday May 11, 2021 Today’s headlines: With Illinois heading toward a full economic reopening next month, the state’s Department of Public Health is launching a
SAVOY — Officials at the University of Illinois’ Willard Airport in Savoy held a ceremony Friday to mark the update of an aging runway. The
Friday, May 7, 2021 https://will.illinois.edu/nfs/217Today5-10-21.mp3 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers are debating whether to permanently allow temporary nursing assistants to take on the duties of a
Friday, April 30, 2021 Today’s Headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker has made public a long-awaited investigation into a COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home last
Friday, April 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans who want to own guns would have to be fingerprinted before getting or renewing their concealed carry license
Friday, April 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Video of the fatal Chicago police shooting of Adam Toledo shows the 13-year-old raising his arms above his head the moment
URBANA — Weekend listeners to WILL-FM may have noticed the exciting sounds of jazz returning to our airwaves last weekend with the debut of NPR’s
Friday, April 9, 2021 Today’s Headlines: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Health officials also reported
The state reported 3,526 new confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the highest one-day total since Feb. 5. That drove the seven-day rolling…
The U.S. Department of Justice says former Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood took undisclosed foreign money while serving in…
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 https://will.illinois.edu/nfs/217Today3-31-21.mp3 Today’s headlines: Illinois Republicans are again calling for an independent commission to draw Illinois’ new legislative maps. A bill introduced
CHAMPAIGN — After a long year with virtually no live, indoor music performances, we’re beginning to see a few green shoots of hope this spring.
CHICAGO — The U.S. Senate is considering the latest COVID-19 relief bill, which has already passed in the House. One of the larger portions of
Illinois housing officials are touting the success of their programs helping families hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, the Illinois Housing…
URBANA — The violence at the US Capitol on January 6th was an attempted coup d’état. That’s the conclusion of The Cline Center for Advanced
CHAMPAIGN — Two days after hiring Bret Bielema as new head football coach, the University of Illinois introduced him at a virtual news conference Monday
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is turning to former Arkansas and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema to lead its football program. Athletic director Josh Whitman
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced more than $700 million in budget cuts this week for the current fiscal year. Pritzker says these cuts
CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman announced Sunday that he has fired football coach Lovie Smith, a day after the Illini lost
URBANA — Vocalist and composer Somi grew up in Champaign-Urbana, and her mother still lives here. Somi was in St. Louis working on a theater
For many families, this Thanksgiving will look like no other.
URBANA — You can see the Jupiter String Quartet in concert Friday afternoon — virtually, of course — performing a piece commissioned in part by
UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | The high school basketball season will play on as planned despite a surge in COVID-19 cases across Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — The long-delayed Big Ten football season kicks off tonight in Madison, Wisconsin. The 14th-ranked Badgers take on Lovie Smith’s fifth Illini squad, which
URBANA — Nick Rudd was a stalwart on the Champaign-Urbana music scene for decades. He died earlier this year. Monday, on what would have been
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate Republicans unveiled a package of ethics proposals Thursday which they say is targeted to stop the type of corruption that has
Brett Hankison, who was terminated in June, has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. None of the three men faces state charges directly over Taylor’s death.
Illinois is starting to award grants to renters to help them catch up on late payments. But the need far outpaces the funding available and more than 50…
URBANA — The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday that it will resume its football season with an eight-game conference-only schedule beginning the weekend of October
At a time when experts say help is needed more than ever, an Illinois law meant to boost mental health services on campus remains unfunded.
University of Illinois athletes led a Black Lives Matter march through Champaign on Monday, culminating with five minutes of silence outside Champaign Police Headquarters. Listen
The Big Ten Conference announced last week that all fall sports were being postponed because of the pandemic, with a chance that they’ll compete in
The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.
CHAMPAIGN – The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that it’s postponing all fall sports because of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic. The sports affected
The University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has announced the cancellation of all public, in-person performances this fall. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline
CHAMPAIGN – Former University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Lou Henson died on Saturday. He was 88 years old. The U of I announced his
Urbana’s Stone Creek golf course is now property of the University of Illinois. The course, and surrounding parcels of real estate were donated by The
CHAMPAIGN – Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Champaign Sunday to march and rally for all Black lives, especially those in the LGBTQ community. The
With large gatherings still not allowed because of COVID-19, Allerton Park and Retreat Center and WILL Classical are teaming up to bring listeners a virtual
A list of health and safety guidelines for getting students back in classrooms is scheduled to be released before the end of the month. It will provide…
A Dialogue On Race Begins With Police In Bloomington-Normal NORMAL – On Saturday, a diverse group of around 60 people gathered in the parking lot
As the state of Illinois begins allowing outdoor dining at restaurants Friday, cities are issuing guidance on how restaurants can expand their available outdoor seating.
We hear countless stories about COVID-19 and the health workers fighting the disease on the front lines every day, but very few of those stories
College students across the country have tried to adapt to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has greatly affected their college experience. Masha Gessen
A Clay County judge Monday ruled in favor of Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey in his fight against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extended stay-at-home order. Judge
URBANA – People in the Champaign-Urbana community and beyond are invited to take part in the first C-U Sing-Along Saturday at 4pm. The event
The Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana has been open since 1946, but it’s never experienced anything quite like the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlie Harris
The United Way of Champaign County has received a $250,000 grant from the State of Illinois to use for COVID-19 relief.
A team of University of Illinois researchers is working on a smartphone application that would detect the novel coronavirus within 30 minutes, without the need
The arts community has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline recently spoke with Kelly White, Executive Director of 40
Downstate’s largest running event has been postponed until later this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Organizers of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon announced Thursday
It’s official: The World Health Organization says COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is a pandemic . Government and industry leaders are…
A joint production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret” opened Thursday night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. The Illinois Theatre, Dance
URBANA – The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs has a new director. Robin Fretwell Wilson begins her new role leading the
The chamber orchestra Sinfonia da Camera is in concert Saturday night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning violinist Rachel Barton Pine is the featured soloist with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra this weekend, first for their concert at Krannert Center for the
You hear Steve Inskeep’s voice weekday mornings on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including WILL, as one of the hosts of NPR’s
Two cities submitted bids earlier this month for the IHSA boys’ basketball finals. Peoria has hosted the event since March of 1996, and Champaign hosted