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

Old State Capitol gets Underground Railroad designation

Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield has been accepted to the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. That announcement was made Thursday. The building is one of 17 new listings spanning 13 states. The Network, now consisting of more than 700 sites, honors and preserves the history of resistance to enslavement […]

Truth Test: Will the Workers’ Rights Amendment benefit workers?

This election season, voters in Illinois will decide on a proposed amendment to the state constitution, dubbed “Amendment 1” or the “Workers’ Rights Amendment.” Voting “yes” on the amendment would establish a state constitutional right for employees to organize and collectively bargain. Frank Manzo IV, Executive Director of the pro-labor Illinois Economic Policy Institute, said […]

Concerns for safety rise as oversight of Illinois prison mental health care ends

An independent expert who has monitored the mental health care was terminated reducing the transparency around an often failing system. CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Corrections has long faced accusations of abuse and violence toward people with mental illness and has continually failed to fill positions for mental health care workers. Now for the […]

The national wave of unfounded election-fraud accusations does not spare Illinois

Conspiracy theorists inundate election officials across the state with form letters demanding voter records and threatening lawsuits. CHICAGO — No Republican nominee for president has won Illinois since 1988, with Joe Biden beating Donald Trump by more than 1 million votes in the last election two years ago. As a reliably blue state, Illinois has […]

217 Today: Former WILL meteorologist reflects on his two decades at the station

Thursday, September 29, 2022 Today’s headlines: Volunteers from Illinois are on the ground in southwest Florida, with more on the way, after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday. Illinois Democrats are signaling they’re willing to work more on the SAFE-T Act. Victims of the July 4th mass shooting in Highland Park have filed a set […]