3 dead, multiple injured after an Amtrak train hits a truck and derails in Missouri

MENDON, Mo. — An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed Monday in Missouri, leaving at least three people dead and multiple people injured, authorities said. Seven cars and two locomotives on an Amtrak Southwest Chief train derailed. According to Amtrak, the train was carrying about 243 passengers and 12 crew members when […]

Protests take over downtown Urbana after repeal of Roe v. Wade

URBANA — Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was met with impassioned backlash in Champaign County.  The Party for Socialism and Liberation in Champaign organized a 100 person-plus rally Friday evening in support of abortion-rights. Abortion-rights supporters circled downtown Urbana and the edge of the University of Illinois. They put a halt […]

A historian says Robert and John Gregg Allerton hid the truth about their relationship

Not only is Allerton Park the self-proclaimed best-kept secret of Illinois, but its founders carried a secret of their own as well.  University of Kansas professor Nicholas Syrett’s latest book details the relationship between the park’s namesakes, Robert and John Gregg Allerton – a gay couple who claimed to be a father-son duo in public.  The […]

Champaign County community leaders offer more than thoughts and prayers

CHAMPAIGN — There have been more than 260 mass shootings in the US so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Two Champaign community leaders are offering more than thoughts and prayers. Rev. Terrance L. Thomas is a pastor at Bethel AME Church in Champaign. He rejects blaming the current gun violence crisis […]

Champaign Public Library appoints Brittany Millington as library director

On June 1, the Champaign Public Library will welcome its new director – its former deputy director who has more than 17 years of experience working in libraries.  Brittany Millington takes over for retiring director Donna Pittman, who has been the director since 2016.  Millington has served as the library’s deputy director since 2017 and […]

More details and reactions emerge about the Texas school shooting and gunman

UVALDE, Texas — Two days after an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school, officials have released more information, while Americans across the nation continue to express shock and grief at the incident. Here are the latest developments: The gunman shot his grandmother before heading to the […]

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial census to assess the quality of the […]

The Kickapoo Rail Trail is coming to Ogden

URBANA — Construction on the next phase of the Kickapoo Rail will begin this month in the eastern Champaign County village of Ogden, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District announced Monday. The 1.5-mile stretch of trail for walking, running and bicycling will go from just west of the Ogden village limits to the Champaign-Vermilion County […]

Increasing gun violence raises issue of community-wide trauma among residents

Yvonne Miller likes driving her white Volvo because it reminds her of driving with her son.  On her license plate is the word “STUFF.” The bold, black letters stand out against the light blue color of her “Prevent Violence” license plate.  “Stuff” is a tribute to Miller’s 23-year-old son, Christopher Kelly. It was a nickname […]

Illinois Historical Society & ‘Rage’ guitarist honor fallen workers

MARSEILLES, Ill. — There was music, but it wasn’t a celebration. It was a commemoration of those lost in the fight for fair pay and safe conditions. That fight turned bloody 90 years ago in Marseilles. During the throes of the Depression, local laborers protested a company bringing in out-of-state, underpaid workers to build a […]

‘It’s given me purpose’ – Woodworking becomes an outlet for some veterans

AURORA — After hearing about the number of veterans who die by suicide, one northern Illinois man decided to do something about it. A total of 167 Illinois veterans took their lives in 2019, according to Illinois Department of Public Affairs. The average number of Illinois veteran suicides from 2015 through 2018 is 159. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s528/audio/2022/04/0421vetf.mp3 […]