Rename Building Named For Stephen A. Douglas, Says EIU Committee

 CHARLESTON – A committee at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston voted unanimously (6-0) this week to recommend that a building named for Stephen A. Douglas be renamed, because of the 19th century politician’s ties to slavery. EIU’s University Naming Committee surveyed the campus and community about renaming Douglas Hall. The four-story dormitory, and its adjoining […]

217 Today: April 30, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021 Today’s Headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker has made public a long-awaited investigation into a COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home last fall that killed 36 residents.  A new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health finds Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white […]

Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover Dies

Timothy D. Gover, the longtime mayor of the eastern Illinois town of Mattoon, has died. A statement issued by the city says Gover died Thursday morning, from “lingering health issues”. He was believed to be in his early 80s. Gover, a Mattoon native, loved his home town and his home county, Coles County, according to […]

Theater Groups & Classes Look For Ways To Survive Coronavirus Shutdown

URBANA – Live theater in America has been largely shut down for the past two months, due to the coronavirus outbreak. In central Illinois, theater groups are experimenting with performing online, while they wait for the time they can bring actors and audiences together again in the same building. Jim Meadows reports on how theater […]

News Around Illinois – February 13, 2020

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Presidential Candidate Bloomberg Opens Offices In Illinois ROCK ISLAND – Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to  open 14 campaign offices in the state, with 80 staff members, according to Will Dubbs, Bloomberg’s Deputy States Director. Between now and the Illinois primary on March 17, campaign workers will focus on recruiting volunteers for phone […]