Illinois schools prepare to tutor way out of learning loss

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URBANA — Illinois schools are signing up for a new state tutoring initiative to help the students who struggled most in remote school. By this summer, the state plans to send tutors out three times a week to 48 school districts across Illinois. School districts in Danville, Decatur, Rantoul and Urbana are among those eligible […]

FBI offers $10K for information in ISU grad student’s death

BLOOMINGTON — The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information on the final hours of an Illinois State University graduate student who disappeared in August and was later found dead in a river. Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day was reported missing on Aug. 25. His body was found in the Illinois River about 60 […]

ISU trustees will consider an $11.5 million domed practice facility for athletics

Illinois State University trustees have scheduled a special meeting on Saturday to consider an $11.5 million indoor practice facility for athletics. The inflatable dome would be built on the football practice field north of Horton Field House. Artificial turf would be installed on the 100-yard field. The facility is intended to provide space for football […]

ISU’s cybersecurity chief says COVID-19 can bring online threats with more people working from home

NORMAL — A cybersecurity expert at Illinois State University says COVID-19 has made our workplaces less safe — from online threats. Dan Taube is the interim chief information security officer at Illinois State University. He said businesses, schools, banks and others that had large numbers of people working from home are especially vulnerable. “It’s […]

ISU Grad Student Missing Under ‘Unexplained Suspicious Circumstances’

Authorities are looking for the public’s help locating an Illinois State University graduate student who went missing this week under “unexplained suspicious circumstances.” Jelani Day, 25, was last seen Tuesday morning on a security camera at ISU’s Bone Student Center. He was reported missing Wednesday by his family. His vehicle was found Thursday concealed in […]

ISU President: Universities Want IDPH To Require Vaccination For Fall Attendance

NORMAL — Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall. Listen to this story here. During an Academic Senate meeting last week, ISU President Larry Dietz provided an update on whether students […]

A Tale Of Two Schools: COVID-19 Testing On Illinois Campuses

URBANA – Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.  Hardwick is a senior at the U of I studying kinesiology. She’s also a resident advisor in a campus dormitory.  “The type of school this […]

News Around Illinois – Sept. 11, 2020

Illinois Files Lawsuit Against E-Cigarette Maker Juice Man CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general sued e-cigarette maker Juice Man on Thursday, alleging deceptive marketing practices aimed at enticing youth. The move follows a similar Illinois complaint filed in December against Juul, the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker. Juice Man, based in Dana Point, California, focused […]

News Around Illinois – Sept. 7, 2020

9 Children Among New COVID Cases; Testing Positivity Rate Falls McLean County health officials on Monday reported 46 new cases, including two babies (under age 1) and seven children 17 and under. The health department on Monday provided age-specific information about new cases for the first time in over a week. The department had stopped […]

ISU To Set Up Coronavirus Testing Lab

The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19…

News Around Illinois – Aug. 17, 2020

Illinois Imposes New Metro East COVID-19 Rules After Spike CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced fresh restrictions Sunday for southwestern Illinois after a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. The rules, effective Tuesday, include limiting meetings and social events to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity and closing bars and casinos […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 12, 2020

Wind Knocks Down Wall Of Fire-Gutted Historic Chicago Church CHICAGO (AP) — Strong winds caused additional damage to a historic Chicago church but may have also swept in a badly needed “blessing” for a sanctuary where Mahalia Jackson and other famed gospel singers often sang and the man considered the father of gospel music led […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 11, 2020

Officials: Beach Crowds Make It Hard To Social Distance WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Social distancing is becoming a problem at Illinois beaches as large crowds flock there during the pandemic, officials said. Visitation guidelines have been changed at some Lake County beaches to accommodate visitors, some of whom are from Chicago, where beaches remain closed. […]