Oakland teachers go on strike over raises

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday in the country's latest walkout by educators over classroom conditions and pay.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019


This weekend


What: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.

Pritzker signs bill to hike Illinois minimum wage to $15

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic governor's top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

UPDATE: West Virginia House tables bill that prompted teacher strike


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This time the teachers' strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted.Just as the strike began Tuesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killed a complex education bill that sent state teachers to the picket lines nearly a year after a nine-day strike closed schools.

Danville among areas looking to expand their police force

DANVILLE — As Danville looks to grow its pool of potential police officers, the city is facing plenty of competition from nearby.

The cities of Champaign and Urbana, as well as the University of Illinois, are all also currently accepting applications for entry-level police officers, experienced officers or both.

Report: Honda to shut British plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

LONDON (AP) — Honda will close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit.

AP Fact Check: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction.

Just Askin' | Rockwell in Champaign

Q: Have Rockwell's Champaign locations closed yet?

A: Not yet, but they're expected to sometime this year.

The company will soon be holding a private job fair with local employers to help the affected employees, according to Carly McCrory, the executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

OSF HealthCare to raise its minimum wage

PEORIA — OSF HealthCare said will raise its minimum wage systemwide to $12 an hour, effective Feb. 24.

A Catholic Peoria-based system with hospitals and other health services in Urbana and Danville, OSF already pays over the minimum wage in both its states — Illinois and Michigan.

Amazon dumps New York as new headquarters site

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and others objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives promised to the company.