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

The Lavender Newsletter founders resurrect 1980s queer newsletter for modern-day audience

URBANA – Two members of Champaign-Urbana’s LGBTQ+ community are rebooting a newsletter initially published in the 1980s.  Sophie West and Jada Fulcher said they were inspired to create the newsletter in June after seeing an Instagram post from the Urbana Free Library showcasing the library’s archive of The Lavender Praire News, a 1980s newsletter for […]

Illinois opens second round of EV rebates

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has again offered money to help individuals purchase electric vehicles. “The Illinois EPA saw a great deal of interest in electric vehicle rebates in the first round, with more than 2,000 applications received and over $8.7 million issued in rebates,” said Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim. “Electric vehicles represent the […]

Madigan, McClain enter not guilty pleas

SPRINGFIELD – Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his longtime political ally Michael McClain entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to bribery and corruption charges involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison and telecommunications company AT&T Illinois. Both were charged previously in the ComEd scandal, but federal prosecutors last month added new charges involving AT&T after that […]

217 Today: Changing demographics and political power in one rural Douglas County town

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans have so far requested far fewer mail-in ballots for the Nov. 8 general election than they did in 2020. The company that owns the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant says it wants to keep the generating station open for another 20 years. An old virus is getting young children sick […]