Flying for Thanksgiving? Expect packed planes, unruly passengers and cancellations

CHICAGO — A year ago, many of us stayed home or went to small gatherings for turkey, stuffing and Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish, but this year, the wide availability of coronavirus vaccines in the U.S. is making more people feel comfortable flying longer distances for Thanksgiving. If you’re among them, brace yourself for long lines […]

Thanksgiving will be pricier this year, like everything from the grocery store

Making a Thanksgiving feast will cost more this year as the pandemic’s effect on the economy drives up food prices. Even economists like Curtis Dubay at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notice the difference at the grocery store. “We’re spending roughly $25 to $50 more per week on groceries for a family of five,” Dubary […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 30, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Champaign, Urbana Schools Donate Thanksgiving Meals To Families In Need

  CHAMPAIGN – During a typical school year, Laura Dees says families in need rely on food drives held at school buildings in the Champaign Unit 4 School District. Dees, director of food services for Unit 4, says that wasn’t a possibility this year because schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But Dees […]

Pryde: Don’t Give In To ‘Pandemic Prevention Fatigue’

CHAMPAIGN — As the number of COVID-19 cases set a new state record Wednesday, Champaign County also reported a big increase in the number of people testing positive for the virus. The 305 new cases actually occurred over a couple of days. And administrator Julie Pryde with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said there were […]

Free Dinners Being Served In Champaign & Urbana On Thanksgiving

The Champaign City Building figures prominently in this view of downtown Champaign, as seen from University Avenue.

Everyone’s invited to community Thanksgiving dinners being held Thursday, at midday in Champaign and during the evening in Urbana. The Champaign dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Red Shield Center and Thrift Store, on North Market Street, across from Market Place Mall. The local Lone Star Masonic Lodge and Berean […]