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WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane Beryl’s to bring heavy rainfall and potential flooding to Illinois

UPDATE: Champaign County Board approves a new district map — again.

UPDATE: The Champaign County Board approved a revised district map Thursday night. County board members voted along party lines to approve a map submitted by the board’s Democratic majority. It uses newly released Census data to revise a map approved last May. Republican Jim Goss criticized Democrats for calling their proposal an “equity” map — […]

The U.S. agriculture secretary says Mexico’s GMO ban won’t hurt corn exports

Mexico is phasing out genetically modified corn for human consumption by 2024. But U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s been assured by his Mexican counterpart that the ban won’t shut off the biggest international customer for U.S. corn. U.S. farmers rely heavily on genetically modified crops. The crops contain altered DNA to withstand viruses […]

217 Today: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: After passing a major criminal justice reform law earlier this year, Democrats in Springfield are pushing for more progressive ideas, like allowing prisoners to vote and expanding parole. But Republicans are pushing back. From now through next Friday, Champaign County residents who have failed to pay fines related to […]

Urbana schools take COVID-19 tests to classrooms

URBANA – In three Urbana elementary schools, most students take COVID-19 tests once a week. And they barely have to step out of their classrooms. The schools are part of a pilot program Urbana School District #116 started this fall. “It’s been working really well,” says district Chief Information Officer John Gutzmer. “We’ve been able […]