After Low Visitor Numbers, Navy Pier Closure Begins Tuesday

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Navy Pier will shut down at the end of the Labor Day weekend until the spring after seeing low visitor numbers during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials have not announced an exact date to reopen the tourist attraction. Navy Pier reopened with limited capacity and attractions in June as Illinois began to loosen […]

Ray LaHood Confirms Endorsement Of Biden

PEORIA – Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election. LaHood served as U.S. secretary of transportation during President Barack Obama’s first term and worked closely with then-Vice President Biden. “We became friends,” LaHood said Monday. “I admire his leadership. I admire his years […]

News Around Illinois – August 21, 2020

Illinois Reports 1,832 COVID-19 Cases And 27 Deaths SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,832 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 27 deaths. The number of confirmed cases on Thursday come from the state conducting 51,612 tests in the previous 24 hours. The state now has reported 213,721 cases and 7,833 fatalities. […]

Despite Pandemic, Home Prices On The Rise

Despite the global pandemic, U.S. home prices have been rising nationwide. This interactive map shows home price changes in U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas from May 2019 through May 2020. This map is current as of August 6, 2020 and will not update.

Illinois School District Says No Pajamas For Online Classes

SPRINGFIELD — The school district in Illinois’ capital city has updated its dress code policy for remote learning, saying students can’t wear pajama pants or slippers while on camera when classes start later this month. Springfield Public Schools says in its school manual that students should also be sitting up and out of bed, preferably […]

U Of I Scientists Use COVID-19 Data To Make Predictions, Inform Action For Campus, State

CHAMPAIGN – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been analyzing COVID-19 data to help the state — and campus — make decisions throughout the pandemic. Nigel Goldenfeld, professor of physics, and Sergei Maslov, professor of bioengineering and physics, spoke at a live-streamed COVID-19 briefing Thursday. Goldenfeld said that at the start of […]

Illinois Extends Unemployment Benefits Another 20 Weeks

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Employment Security has extended jobless benefits another 20 weeks as the state’s unemployment numbers continue to soar because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Employment Security Department announced the extension was available starting Thursday to people who have received 26 weeks of benefits. According to the agency, Illinois is among […]

Reports: Chicago Schools To Announce All-Remote Learning


CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, citing unnamed sources, said the announcement will be made ahead of a deadline Friday when parents were to decide on […]

COVID Patient Didn’t Recognize Body After Double Transplant

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman who last month became the nation’s first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant says she woke up days later, unaware about the surgery and unable to “recognize my body.” Mayra Ramirez said that before she fell ill she was an independent, active person who moved from North Carolina […]

Pritzker: COVID-19 Numbers Not ‘Moving In Right Direction’

ROCK ISLAND — On the sixth straight day that Illinois officials reported more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday again urged residents to wear face coverings to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. State public health officials announced 1,231 new cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by […]

‘Unmasked’ Rally Defies School Virus Rule, Pritzker Critique

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SPRINGFIELD — Just weeks away from the ringing of the schoolhouse bell, scores of people rallied at the state Capitol Saturday against the state’s requirement that schoolchildren must wear face coverings this fall to discourage transmission of the highly contagious virus. The “Million Unmasked March” drew about 250 people and touched on the rights of […]

News Around Illinois – July 24, 2020

Man Guilty of Repeated Rape of Child Gets 20-Year Sentence URBANA — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting to repeatedly raping a child a decade ago. In sentencing Gregory Reed of Mahomet on Thursday, Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis called him “sexually dangerous” man who should never […]