End of Roe v. Wade increases out-of-state abortion patients in Illinois

  CHAMPAIGN — December 24 will mark half a year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortions.  The June 24 decision to overturn Roe and the related 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, individual states could suddenly regulate abortion in their jurisdictions. Bans and restrictions spread throughout the country. […]

With a 16-6 majority, the Champaign County Board reelects Kyle Patterson as their chair.

Newly elected Champaign County Board members held their organizational meeting Monday night. The meeting opened with Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons swearing in the assembled board members, which include six new Democrats replacing four Democrats and two Republicans. After losing two seats in the November election, Republicans have just six of their own on the […]

No. 17 Illinois beats Cornhuskers 26-9 for 6th straight win.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Running back Chase Brown rushed for 149 yards and scored on consecutive series in the second quarter, helping No. 17 Illinois to a 26-9 victory over Nebraska. The game marked Brown’s ninth-straight 100-yard rushing game. Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito was 20 of 22 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver […]

Midwestern partnership backs hydrogen as clean energy source

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Seven Midwestern states are teaming up to accelerate the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source. The Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition will include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Hydrogen is used to power some cars, trucks and trains. But a shortage of fueling stations limits their appeal. Laws […]

2 Dead, 3 Injured After Weekend Gun Violence in Champaign and Danville

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URBANA – Multiple reports of gun violence kept Central Illinois police busy over the weekend. Friday 11:00 p.m. It started late Friday night in the 2000 block of Cynthia Drive. Champaign police say a 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot in the arm during a large fight. The victim was transported to […]

When Artemis 1 finally lifts off, manikins and Snoopy will make up the crew

UPDATE: Monday’s scheduled launch of the Artemis 1 test flight to the moon was scrubbed, after engineers were unable to resolve an engine problem.   One of the four Space Launch System (SLS) core-stage engines failed to reach the proper temperature for launch, prompting the Artemis I mission’s launch director to scrub the planned Monday morning […]

As Evidence Based Funding formula turns 5, lawmakers reflect on historic legislation

SPRINGFIELD – Five years ago this month, Illinois lawmakers passed legislation that overhauled the way public schools in the state are funded. The so-called Evidence Based Funding formula, or EBF, was designed to calculate the actual cost for each district to provide the kind of education the state expects, and then gradually increase the share […]

Biden: Killing of al-Qaida leader is long-sought ‘justice’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has announced that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul. Biden is hailing the operation as delivering “justice” while expressing hope that it brings “one more measure of closure” to families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. […]

Concerts with Sinfonia da Camera mark the return of the U of I’s Summer Piano Institute

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Summer Piano Institute has returned to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The institute concludes with two concerts featuring piano concertos performed with Sinfonia da Camera.  Institute faculty Timothy Ehlen and Hie-Yon Choi will perform piano concertos by Florence Price and Brahms, in addition to the […]

Students protest University of Illinois fossil fuel investments

When the push for the University of Illinois to divest from fossil fuels began thirteen years ago, many students said they were hopeful that administrators would listen to their concerns. But students who gathered at the Alma Mater statue on Friday for an Earth Day climate strike on April 22 said they’re still fighting for […]

Pritzker lifts public transportation face covering requirement

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker officially lifted the state requirement that face coverings be worn on public transportation Wednesday after a federal judge overturned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mask mandate. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of the Middle District of Florida ruled on Monday that the federal mask mandate was unlawful since […]

Pritzker ends Illinois mask mandate for public transit

Two women board a blue, low-floor bus at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District headquarters.

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is ending the state’s mask mandate on public transportation a day after a federal judge overturned the government’s plan to keep restrictions in place until May 3. Masks will no longer will be required on public transit, in public transit hubs, or at airports. However, local governments can maintain their […]

Second Drug Exposure for Thomson Prison Officers

John Zumkehr, president of Local 40-70 of the American Federation of Government Employees, says the officer was exposed Tuesday, rushed to a hospital, treated, and then later released. He says it’s a national problem at federal prisons, not just at Thomson. “We’ve asked for simple equipment, drug detection equipment, ion machines, for our mailroom. That […]

Biden warns Putin of ‘severe costs’ of Ukraine invasion

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden told Russia’s Vladimir Putin that invading Ukraine would cause “widespread human suffering” and that the West was committed to diplomacy to end the crisis but “equally prepared for other scenarios.” Biden also told Putin the United States and its allies would respond “decisively and impose swift […]

Illini women top Butler 78-66; men lose Hutcherson for season

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team evened their record at 5-5 this season with a 78-66 win over Butler at State Farm Center Sunday afternoon. First-year guard Adalia McKenzie scored a career-high 23 points on 9-15 shooting. She also grabbed four rebounds and a steal, and dished out two assists. She credited her […]