Hundreds Are Dead After A Massive Earthquake Hits Haiti

Updated August 15, 2021 at 11:51 AM ET A massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, raising fears of destruction similar to the devastating 2010 quake that shattered the country. At least 724 people have died and more than 2,800 were injured, according to Jerry Chandler, Haiti’s director […]

New Laws Aim To Prevent “Period Poverty”

EDWARDSVILLE — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday that will expand access to feminine hygiene products for impoverished and homeless women and college students. Pritzker said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted women being disproportionately forced to make sacrifices because of monetary trouble. “Keep a job or stay home to care for children, pay the rent […]

WATCH LIVE: Officers Give Harrowing Testimony Of Defending The Capitol On Jan. 6

Updated July 27, 2021 at 12:08 PM CST The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding its first meeting Tuesday. Four police officers are giving testimony about the physical and verbal assaults they faced responding the the riot that day. The four officers — Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell […]

After Blast, Hendrick House Residents Moving Back In

This is a developing story. It will be updated as we learn new details. UPDATE: 56 summer residents are moving back into Hendrick House at the University of Illinois — ten days after an explosion forced them to evacuate. Management for the privately-owned residence hall announced on social media Wednesday that the city of Urbana had […]

Misinformation, Fewer Resources Hurting Vaccination Rates In Vermilion County

DANVILLE – According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 50.55 percent of Illinoisans eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines have received them as of June 7, 2021. In Champaign County, 49.75 percent are vaccinated. But in Vermilion County, only 29 percent of people eligible to receive the vaccine have been immunized. Illinois Newsroom’s Tinisha Spain […]

The Kerfuffle Over WIU’s Quad Cities Campus

Western Illinois University began offering classes in the Quad Cities in the late 1960s. After years of hosting classes in various locations, the university opened a riverfront campus in Moline in 2014. The complex was supposed to allow Western to grow in the Quad Cities, but instead enrollment has shrunk, which has caused some leaders […]

Hunger Is On The Decline After Pandemic-High, But Impacts Could Be Seen For Years

CHICAGO — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, including our ability to afford food. Rates of food insecurity skyrocketed during the pandemic due to high unemployment numbers and the economic recession. Now, though, with vaccines more widespread and the economy beginning to get back on track, those rates are on […]

Study Shows Working Mothers Hard Hit By Pandemic-Related Child Care Burdens

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SPRINGFIELD – New research shows pandemic-related child care burdens have magnified economic inequalities for women in the workforce in Illinois. That research was included in The Child Care Crisis in Illinois: A Survey of Working Mothers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, conducted by the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign […]

Committees Look To Address State’s Mental Health Care Needs

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SPRINGFIELD — Committees dealing with mental health and addiction met in both the Illinois House and Senate Friday to discuss a new crisis born from the COVID pandemic. “We’re fully into what I consider to be the second pandemic, which is mental health and addiction, and we have so much work to do,” Rep. Deb […]