State of Illinois

Fighting The Flood And COVID-19 At The Same Time

Flooding is beginning to feel like an annual event in some areas along the Illinois River. The governor and head of the Illinois Emergency Management agency visited flood fighting efforts in west-central Illinois Wednesday.

Read More

Trending Stories

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to reopen Illinois breaks the state into four regions.
Restore Illinois Plan, Office Of The Governor

The Regions and Phases of Pritzker’s Plan To Reopen Illinois

Illinois is in Phase 2 of Restore Illinois – the five-step plan Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled this week to reopen schools, colleges, parks and businesses, while addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Some state parks are open. More shops can operate to fill online and pick up orders, and in some places, residents can go to a drive-in movie theater. While the stay-at-home order still applies to the whole state, Pritzker said going forward, that will change as it’s a regional plan.

Read More

Community Voices

Downtown Springfield Inc. is developing a plan for more outdoor eating and shopping options this summer.
Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

Downtown Springfield Plans For More Outdoor Dining, Shopping Options

As restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 begin to loosen, establishments in downtown Springfield are looking to add options for dining or selling merchandise outside.

Read More

Social Action - Thanks for Sharing!

Sam Dunklau / NPR Illinois 91.9 FM

US Attorney, Illinois AG Spar On Court Venue Changes In Bailey Lawsuit

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois is arguing a lawsuit between a state representative and Gov. J.B. Pritzker should remain in circuit court, after state Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office moved the case up to the federal level.

Read More
Mike Miletich / via Twitter

Close to two dozen staff and community members protested outside the State Journal-Register’s newsroom in Springfield Wednesday, demanding the paper's corporate owner reconsider a change to the newspaper's printing schedule.

Kenneth Lu / via Flickr CC BY 2.0

Illinois is on track for salons, some offices and outdoor seating at restaurants to open this weekend as the state moves into its next phase of reopening. The state’s movie theaters, which have been shut down since March, said Wednesday they want to welcome customers during that phase too.

Screenshot of J.B. Pritzker via Blue Room Stream
Blue Room Stream / Blue Room Stream

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a health organization in East St. Louis will lend its help to the state's COVID-19 contact tracing initiative. Meanwhile, the governor said Wednesday the state’s casinos will remain shuttered for now.

NPR's health policy reporter answers listener questions about what to do and how to get health care after losing health insurance.

Historian Erika Lee reflects on experiences shared by Asian-American listeners who have faced racism and discrimination during COVID-19.

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll reflect on experiences from Asian American listeners who have faced racism and discrimination during the pandemic. We'll also answer your questions about religious practices, health insurance and the future of work.

Jason Wingard, the dean of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, answers listener questions about the future of workplaces.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Imam Mohammad Altahir of the Islamic Center in Wyoming and Lane Moore of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association about pandemic's effects on religious practices.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Imam Mohammad Altahir of the Islamic Center in Wyoming and Lane Moore of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association about pandemic's effects on religious practices.

The city attorney of Los Angeles announced Wednesday that his office is suing Wellness Matrix Group for allegedly engaging in a "fraudulent scheme" related to the COVID-19 pandemic that was both "sophisticated" and "wide ranging."

Pages

From Camping To Dining Out: Here's How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities

It has been around two months of quarantine for many of us. The urge to get out and enjoy the summer is real. But what's safe? We asked a panel of infectious disease and public health experts to rate the risk of summer activities, from backyard gatherings to a day at the pool to sharing a vacation house with another household. One big warning: Your personal risk depends on your age and health, the prevalence of the virus in your area and the precautions you take during any of these activities...

Read More
Analysis & commentary on the events that made news this past week in Illinois state government & politics.

Fridays 12:30-1 PM, 7:30-8 PM
Saturdays 6:30-7 AM

The 21st

21st century conversation for the 21st state.

Mondays-Thursdays
11 AM - Noon
11 PM - Midnight

Arts & Life

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Read More Arts & Life Stories

Education Desk

U of I Bans ‘Intimate’ Faculty-Undergraduate Student Relationships

May 21, 2020
Travis Stansel / Illinois Public Media

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved changes to its policies on hiring as well as faculty and staff relationships with students and subordinates. 

Read More Education Stories

Equity & Justice

Maxica Williams / Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has created a mutual aid fund that will give out grants of up to $500 for Illinoisans who are homeless, have been without a home or are at risk of being unsheltered.

CCH grassroots leaders – people who have experienced homelessness and work in partnership with CCH staff – run the fund and will decide what requests should be supported.

Read More Equity Stories

Illinois Economy

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Diabolo-2 / Shiny Colors

As the hospitality industry continues to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois lawmakers approved a measure to allow bars and restaurants to serve cocktails for curbside pick-up and delivery. The bill awaits the governor’s signature.

Read More Illinois Economy Coverage

Statehouse

Kenneth Lu / via Flickr CC BY 2.0

Illinois is on track for salons, some offices and outdoor seating at restaurants to open this weekend as the state moves into its next phase of reopening. The state’s movie theaters, which have been shut down since March, said Wednesday they want to welcome customers during that phase too.

Read More Statehouse Stories

Politics

Reproductive rights advocates are suing the Trump administration, asking a federal court to suspend restrictions on the abortion drug mifepristone during the coronavirus pandemic.

The drug mifepristone was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 20 years ago for use in medication abortions in early pregnancy. It's also used to help manage miscarriages for some women trying to avoid surgery.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

One hundred thousand - that is how many people are now known to have been killed in the U.S. by a virus few had ever heard of just a few months ago. With less than 5% of the world's population, the U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of all known coronavirus fatalities. NPR's David Welna looks at this grim milestone and at where the American death toll may be headed.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: It took barely four months for the number of lives lost in the U.S. to the COVID-19 pandemic to reach the 100,000 mark.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

READ MORE POLITICS STORIES

The X from NPR Illinois - LISTEN ON 91.9-3 HD OR STREAM

Our Daily Breather: Steve Reich Composes During The Coronavirus Crisis

Our Daily Breather is a series where we ask writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga recently spoke with Pulitzer-winning composer Steve Reich, who has been keeping busy with the solitary act of writing a new piece from his winter getaway in Los Angeles. Who: Steve Reich Where : Los Angeles, Calif. Recommendation: Keep on working (The conversation has been edited for length and...

Read More

NPR Illinois Classic - LISTEN ON 91.9-2 HD OR STREAM

Opera For Newbies: Busting Myths And Belting High Notes

We've been starting this new year off with genres of music you might not listen to, or that you say you're not a fan of — so far, we've covered jazz , country and deep house . One of those styles of music people love to say they hate is opera, so we asked NPR's resident opera expert Tom Huizenga to explain what he loves about the music and to soothe some common opera-related anxieties. On what to love about opera Well there's a lot to love about opera. For one thing, it's one of the most...

Read More