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Winners announced in Illinois APME 2019 newspaper contest

Sep. 16, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

Winners have been announced in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2019 newspaper contest. The awards were announced on Wednesday during a virtual event held by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors during the annual convention of the Illinois Press Association. Thirty daily newspapers submitted...

Grad students lead University of Illinois record enrollment

Sep. 9, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Fall enrollment at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign totals 52,331, surpassing by more than 1,000 the record set last year despite the mixture of in-person and online instruction resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the school announced Wednesday. The rise in enrollment...

Billboards promote mask-wearing, social distancing

Sep. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At first, the Mu Delta Lambda Charitable Foundation spent part of the $15,000 in COVID-19 response funds it was awarded by The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in the way one might expect. Among the items the foundation, in partnership with seven Black fraternities and...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks during a news conference in Chicago. hen the coronavirus pandemic hit Illinois, state officials scrambled to buy scarce gear like protective gowns and masks and lifesaving patient ventilators. Gov. J.B. Pritzker pledged to be on the lookout for price-gouging and to report it to Attorney General Kwame Raoul. But in response to an Associated Press records request, the administration hasn't made any reports. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir File)

No action from Pritzker's COVID-19 price gouging pursuit

Aug. 31, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic had steamrolled Illinois, and amid the helter-skelter of counting hospital beds, keeping pace with ever-changing federal health guidance and maneuvering a market-turned-minefield of protective-gear prices, Gov. J.B. Pritzker made a pledge. “Price...

Some road projects may be pushed to 2021 due to pandemic

Aug. 31, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois road construction projects scheduled to be completed this year could be delayed until next year because of lower-than-anticipated gas tax revenues during the coronavirus pandemic. State Transportation Department Secretary Omer Osman said the department hasn't yet...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 25, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers published in Illinois. August 24, 2020 Chicago Tribune Inspiration vs. virus: Encouraging tales from the front lines Editorial: Inspiration vs. virus: Encouraging tales from the front lines Here are two tales of confronting adversity you likely didn’t connect, both...

Parents: Giving in-person learning a shot is best plan

Aug. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At some points last spring when Springfield School District 186 was forced to go to remote learning by the directive of Gov. JB Pritzker as safety issues swirled around the COVID-19 outbreak, Diana Stewart of Springfield had seven students in her house vying for screen time....

Springfield race riot site added to Civil Rights network

Aug. 22, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The site of the tragic and landmark 1908 Race Riot in Springfield has been given federal recognition that pushes it toward national historic monument status. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed a declaration adding the...

A statue of Stephen Douglas stands in front of the east entrance to the Illinois State Capitol, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois officials approved Wednesday the removal of the statue of the 19th century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and espoused the notion that each territory should decide whether slavery would be allowed. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Douglas' statue to be removed from Illinois Capitol lawn

Aug. 19, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A statute of Stephen A. Douglas, a senator from Illinois whose national reputation in the mid-19th Century was built on the idea that each new U.S. territory should decide on allowing slavery, will be removed from the state Capitol lawn because he personally profited from slavery,...

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Roel Ramirez heads to the dugout after giving up four home runs in a row to the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Chicago. Manager Mike Shildt, (8) and catcher Andrew Knizner wait on the mound for reliever Seth Elledge. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cardinals option RHP Roel Ramírez to training site

Aug. 17, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals optioned right-hander Roel Ramírez to their alternate training site Monday, a day after he surrendered four consecutive homers in his major league debut. The 25-year-old Ramírez will remain with the team in Chicago on its taxi squad. He yielded consecutive...