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 […]

In post-Roe America, pilots take the abortion battle to the skies

CHICAGO — From 1,800 feet in the air, the view from a tiny, four-seater plane reduces the Chicago suburbs to a vast landscape of miniature patterns. Above us, flocks of geese fly in v-shape formations beneath sheets of white clouds. Sitting behind a small wheel, the pilot removes his jacket, places his glasses on his […]

State Rep. Chris Miller reflects on January 6, analyzes midterm elections in IPM interview

URBANA — State Representative Chris Miller of Illinois’ 110th district won re-election in last week’s midterms. He ran unopposed and will soon serve his third term in office. Miller, the Coles County Republican, attended the “Save America” rally in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, which preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. A […]

A 111-year-old Danville building could soon be named for the congressman who got it built

DANVILLE — Last summer’s demolition of the Cannon school building in Danville destroyed a notable reminder of Joseph G. Cannon, the longtime Danville congressman and House Speaker. Now there’s a campaign to name another Danville building after Cannon.  A citizens committee submitted more than 500 petition signatures last week, asking the Vermilion County Board to […]

The Lavender Newsletter founders resurrect 1980s queer newsletter for modern-day audience

URBANA – Two members of Champaign-Urbana’s LGBTQ+ community are rebooting a newsletter initially published in the 1980s.  Sophie West and Jada Fulcher said they were inspired to create the newsletter in June after seeing an Instagram post from the Urbana Free Library showcasing the library’s archive of The Lavender Praire News, a 1980s newsletter for […]

Right-wing ‘zombie’ papers attack Illinois Democrats ahead of elections

SPRINGFIELD — Since late summer, many Illinois residents have been receiving newspapers that they haven’t paid for nor, in many cases, even heard of. Each paper bears a clear-cut tagline: Real data, real news. And each publication that shows up in driveways and mailboxes carries a partisan punch that’s blatant, but not formally disclosed. “They […]

Pride Fest celebrates C-U’s LGBTQ+ members, unites community

URBANA – For Uniting Pride board members and city residents, the organization’s annual Pride Fest provided an important safe space in the community for its LGBTQ+ members.  This year’s week-long Pride Fest lasted from Sept. 24 to Oct 2, with programming featuring nearly 20 events, including a Pride parade and vendor’s fair on Oct. 1.  […]

Champaign Township is looking for new homeless shelter location

URBANA – The city of Champaign Township hopes to open a new homeless shelter, called Strides, later this fall, but it’s still looking for a location. On Sept. 20, the Champaign City Council, in its capacity as the Champaign Township Board, approved a resolution for the city of  Champaign Township to begin the process of […]

WILL at 100: For two decades, Ed Kieser was WILL’s go-to guy for weather

Weather forecasts are a standard part of nearly every radio station’s programming in the U.S. But for many years, WILL went beyond forecasts from the National Weather Service, with its own staff of weather forecasters to provide in-depth forecasts and coverage of severe weather. Of those forecasters, Ed Kieser is probably best remembered. He was […]

A church in Urbana-Champaign reverses on promises to address abuse allegations

Former members say Covenant Fellowship Church has reneged on its vows to investigate allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse. URBANA — For Janet Park, the events of last year feel like a waste of time and energy. Park is part of a group that last year brought to light allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse […]