More bald eagles are nesting on the Illinois River. Here’s why that’s a good sign

Mike Miller has had his eagle eyes trained on the Illinois River Valley for a long time, and he says there’s a lot more of the national bird to see around these parts than in years’ past. The Peoria Park District supervisor of environmental and interpretive services and Community Word contributor has participated in the annual winter […]

217 Today: Local physician writes children’s book on how to be a first responder

Monday, February 20, 2023 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed a $20 million investment to help open independent grocery stores in food deserts across the state. A proposed bill could fine Illinois cat owners up to $2,500 for declawing their cats.  The spot where a local gay bar once stood may soon be Champaign’s […]

Illinois women blow out Penn State 85-62 for win number 20

CHAMPAIGN — On the day the Fighting Illini athletic department raised a banner honoring Theresa Grentz to the rafters of State Farm Center, the Illinois women’s basketball team accomplished something it had only done once since Grentz was its head coach: win 20 games in a season.  The Illini ran away from Penn State on […]