Illinois children can showcase their artistic talents and consider the importance of art, thanks to a statewide art contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Wade is working with Jovan Marshall of the Kankakee City Life Center and Rhonda Currie of Kankakee Community College to be a guest speaker for their “Man Up” series, designed for young men in high school who may be in need of advice and teachings from adults in the community who were once in their shoes.

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A roundup of area arrests for serious crimes. Unless otherwise stated, these reports are taken directly from police reports. READ MORE



GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 7 Michigan at No. 23 Minnesota, Saturday. The unbeaten Wolverines (11-0, 6-0) stand alone atop the conference standings after getting off to an impressive start under second-year coach Juwan Howard. Michigan is coming off an eye-popping 77-54 rout of No. 9 Wisconsin,… READ MORE


With COVID-19 ramifications, significant undercounts for the 2020 Census are possible. But even if everyone was counted, some local officials worry the results will show a population drop for the area and state.  ...READ MORE

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SPRINGFIELD — Some regions of the state could see loosened COVID-19 restrictions as early as Friday as some counties have already transitioned to the next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday.