There are no big ceremonies Tuesday to mark the two-year mark of the EF-4 tornado that tore through the tiny Champaign County village of Gifford, destroying or damaging 70 homes. "We did not want to always dwell on the destruction of what had happened that day," said Christina Gann, who was a large part of relief efforts in 2013 and 2014.
This year, the Magna Carta will turn 800 years old. The document, literally “Great Charter” when translated from Latin, is revered as the founding document of western democracy. Its language is found in many later key political documents including the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when Dan Jones dug into its history he found a very different story than we assume. Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort talked with Jones about what he found.
University of Illinois police are searching for the person who knocked down a the giant decorative menorah outside of a Jewish cultural center on campus. As Hannah Meisel reports, it's the second time the menorah's been damaged this year
Advocates in Illinois are celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Equality Illinois says the ruling sends a powerful message that LGBT Americans "should be treated equally and justly in all facets of life.''
The changes to the religious objections law were announced Thursday morning, and approved by both chambers that afternoon. Republican Gov. Mike Pence later signed the altered measure, which takes effect in July.