As COVID-19 Cases Rise In Macon County, Officials Urge Residents To Take Precautions

DECATUR – Half all Illinois counties are now considered at a warning level for the coronavirus, according to the state’s public health department. Macon County, in central Illinois, is among them. In the county of just over 100,000 people, 52 residents have died from the virus, and there are now more than a thousand active […]

217 Today — Oct. 23, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020 Today’s headlines:  A national political watcher is now rating Illinois’ 13th Congressional District as a toss-up. Dave Wasserman, U.S. House Editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says incumbent Republican Rodney Davis was slightly favored, but the unpopularity of President Donald Trump in the district is giving Democrat Betsy Londrigan an […]

Without A Field To Play On, The Marching Illini Meet Over Zoom

URBANA – As a freshman member of the University of Illinois’ marching band, Matthew Kostbade was looking forward to performing on the field. “I can see Memorial Stadium from this window right now and it pains me to look at it especially on Saturday’s when I know we could be out there with my drum […]

Pritzker Back To Daily Briefings As Pandemic Picture Worsens

SPRINGFIELD — Hospitalizations for COVID-19 and the rolling seven-day test positivity rate for the virus increased again in Illinois on Monday, mirroring national trends. Gov. JB Pritzker said at a Jackson County news conference Monday the state would increase mitigations in southern Illinois and announced he would once again hold daily weekday COVID-19 briefings until […]

Wash U Researchers Test Lab-Grown Antibodies As COVID-19 Treatment

ST. LOUIS –As the COVID-19 death toll continues to climb, Washington University researchers are testing whether lab-engineered proteins known as monoclonal antibodies can be used to treat the illness. Though monoclonal antibodies have been used for decades to treat a variety of ailments, including cancer and arthritis, the pandemic has propelled these synthetic immune molecules […]

Champaign Unit 4 Elementary Students Can Return To In-Person Instruction

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Unit 4 elementary school students will have the option to return to some in-person instruction at the end of this month.  Unit 4 officials unveiled plans this week to bring students back into classrooms for shortened school days. The first day of in-person instruction is scheduled for Oct. 27.  Parents can still […]

217 Today — Oct. 16, 2020

Friday October 16, 2020 Today’s headlines:  The confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett wrapped up yesterday in the US Senate. We hear from an Illinois Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A team at Washington University in St. Louis is testing whether lab-made antibodies could be used as a treatment for COVID-19. The C-U […]

Central Illinois Hospital Provides Free, Rapid COVID-19 Testing To Piatt County Schools

MONTICELLO — Students and employees of school districts in Piatt County now have access to free, rapid COVID-19 testing through Kirby Medical Center — a rural hospital based in Monticello.  Monticello school officials hope access to rapid COVID-19 testing will decrease the number of student and teacher absences in the district. Illinois Department of Public […]

Urbana Schools To Continue Remote Learning For Most Students Until At Least January

URBANA – Most Urbana District 116 students will continue to learn remotely — at least until January when the third quarter of the school year is scheduled to begin. The district initially recommended elementary school students move toward a hybrid schedule, which included in-person instruction in the morning hours four days per week, and remote […]