Dolly Parton launches her Imagination Library in Illinois
CHICAGO (CBS) -- Dolly Parton is helping make sure children in Illinois have access to books even before they start schoolThe country singer is launching her Imagination Library statewide.Governor JB Pritzker announced on Tuesday at the Bloomington Public Library stressing the importance of reading.Dolly herself sent a video message of support for the launch.The Imagination Library sends a free book every month to children from birth to age five regardless of their family's income.
Illinois Governor Steps In, Scraps Chicago Mayor's Controversial Migrant Camp Plan Due to Toxic Land
Gov. Pritzker cancels Mayor Johnson's plans to build winter tent camp for Chicago migrants, due to risk of contaminants at former industrial site. Amidst the surge of over 24,000 migrants arriving in Chicago since August, Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration ditches plans for a temporary winter camp, citing contamination risks at the proposed site. Despite efforts, hundreds of asylum-seekers await shelter, some camping on sidewalks outside police stations.
Unsolved Disappearance of Iowa Man After Abandoned Semi-Truck Found on Highway
• 1. David Schultz, a truck driver from Iowa, has been missing for two weeks after his semi-truck filled with baby pigs was found on a rural highway. • 2. Schultz's wallet, phone, and jacket were found in the truck, but he was nowhere to be found.
Neighboring states move ahead with school choice as Illinois turns back
(The Center Square) – Illinois legislators chose not to extend the state's Invest in Kids program, which offered school choice scholarships to lower-income families throughout the state. As the state says no, neighboring states are saying yes to the idea. The program allowed donors a 75% Illinois income tax credit toward donations to fund school choice scholarships for qualified families throughout the state. During the fall veto session, lawmakers chose...
Arizona High School Student Sues School and City Over Injuries from 'Promposal' Accident
• A high school student from Arizona is suing the school district and city for $1 million after being seriously injured in a "promposal" gone wrong. • The student was leaving school on his motorcycle when a Porsche intentionally sped through a stop sign and crashed into him.
Illinois AG charges Rockford concealed carry instructor for falsifying certifications
This article contains AI-assisted content. Chicago, Illinois - Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has charged a concealed carry license instructor, Juan J. Reyes, 52, of Rockford, with allegedly forging training certificates for concealed carry licenses in Illinois. Reyes previously ran for a state senate seat in 2022 for Illinois State Senate District 34, losing out to Steve Stadelman.
Harley Grinch rides around spreading Christmas cheer
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — Have you seen him?. The Harley Grinch is out and about this Christmas season riding around central Illinois. The man behind the mask, Gary Garner, said he started riding in his Grinch suit three years ago. "It took off more than I expected," he said.
‘The rules are really unclear’: Why FOID card holders are hesitating to register assault weapons
PEORIA (25News Now) - All gun owners who have what the state has deemed as any assault weapon must register with their FOID card with the Illinois State Police by Jan. 1, 2024. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act in January of 2023. Its purpose is to...
Revolutionizing Dental Care: An Interview with MySmile Co-founder Bobby Jacobs
Discover how MySmile is revolutionizing dental care with their innovative products. From LED whitening kits to easy-to-use mouthwash, MySmile offers effective, convenient, and safe solutions for a brighter smile and overall oral health. Tune in to learn more about their science-backed approach.
Jamie Foxx's Emotional Return to Public Eye After Undisclosed Health Scare
• Jamie Foxx made his first public appearance since his medical scare and hospitalization in April at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. • He choked back tears while accepting the Vanguard Award and expressed gratitude for his life and the ability to walk again.
Dramatic Video Captures House Explosion in Arlington, Virginia Amid Police Standoff
• A house in Arlington, Virginia, exploded on December 4, 2023, and the explosion was captured on video. • The explosion occurred as police were attempting to execute a search warrant at the residence.
How to get an Illinois marijuana card and save money
Patients visit www.MMJ.com to schedule an appointment. Step 1. Visit www.MMJ.com and schedule an appointment. Step 2. Speak with the doctor by telephone call or webcam. Step 3. Register at the Illinois medical marijuana program and choose a 1, 2 or 3 year medical card. It is issued by the state's medical marijuana program.
An emerging designer street drug is on the rise
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEVV) - A new deadly street drug has already taken the lives of many people in Ohio and Illinois, making its way down to Indiana. This year is the first time officials have seen the drug involved in overdoses as it is often mixed with other narcotics such as Xanax and Fentanyl.
Exploring the New Candle Lineup at Candle Crest: WIFR Favorite Gifts
Explore Candle Crest's new candle lineup in this video! Discover unique scents like peppermint mocha, sugar plum and cashmir, and even a surprising orange clove blend. From the intriguing to the comforting, these candles promise to fill your home with delightful aromas.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Launches Statewide in Illinois, Providing Free Books to Young Children
• Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that sends free, high-quality, age-appropriate books to children aged 0-5, is expanding across Illinois. The program aims to support early childhood learning and instill lifelong reading habits.
Midwest Technical Institute Discusses the Growing Demand for Medical Assistants and What Employers Seek in Candidates
Discover what employers are looking for in new medical assistants from the experts at Midwest Technical Institute. Learn about the growing demand in the field, the integral role of medical assistants, and how MTI's program prepares students for this rewarding career.
Illinois scraps plan for building migrant winter camp due to toxic soil risk
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration announced Tuesday that it is scrapping plans for a temporary winter camp for migrants in Chicago, citing the risk of contaminants at the former industrial site. The setback comes as Chicago struggles to house more than 24,000 migrants arriving from the...
Illinois Teams Up With Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for Free Book Initiative to Boost Childhood Literacy
In a bid to bolster early childhood education, Governor JB Pritzker announced the statewide rollout of a new literacy initiative, partnering with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide free books to Illinois kiddos. The program, which sends age-appropriate books to children from birth until age five, will be backed by a $1.6 million slice of the state's FY24 budget.