Bill allowing in-state college sports betting will head to governor

SPRINGFIELD – Betting on in-state college sports could become legal with the stroke of the governor’s pen after lawmakers in the General Assembly approved an amendment to the state’s sports betting law Thursday. The amendment to House Bill 3136 passed both the House and Senate with vast bipartisan support, reaching the threshold necessary for it to take […]

Future of new congressional maps uncertain on final day of veto session

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers appeared to be hitting some roadblocks Thursday in their effort to reach agreement on a new set of congressional district maps on the final scheduled day of their fall veto session. During a meeting of the Senate Redistricting Committee on Thursday morning, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said he expected […]

Diversity in journalism schools

It’s no secret that journalism has a diversity problem – countless think pieces have been written about the topic, journalism schools and newsrooms have released statements about their commitments to inclusiveness and diversity, and yet many news outlets remain predominantly white, and the only path there is a degree in journalism for a job that’s […]

How can you tell if the news you read is real?

Before we end our special week of coverage about who is in charge of the news, we wanted to empower all of you with ways to distinguish credible journalism from social media posts that may be shared by your friends and family that’s not based in fact. Today on the show, we were joined by […]

State Senate revives measure to allow limited sports betting on in-state colleges

SPRINGFIELD – A state Senate committee revived a gambling bill Wednesday that would allow for limited betting on in-state college sports teams, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. A similar measure passed the House on the final day of the May legislative session, but the Senate did not bring it for a vote […]

UPDATE: Repeal of parental notice of abortion clears House

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House late Wednesday gave final passage to a bill that repeals the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act, clearing the way for Gov. JB Pritzker to sign it into law. The bill narrowly passed out of the Senate on Tuesday night on a 32-22 vote, with three Democrats voting no and […]

House approves changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House passed a measure Wednesday night that would give employers greater authority to enforce COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirements. The final vote came after 10 p.m. Wednesday, passing on a 64-52 roll call with two present votes. No Republicans voted for it, and enough Democrats peeled support for it to fail […]

217 Today: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 Today’s headlines: Since Illinois launched its legal sports betting industry nearly two years ago, in-state college teams have been off limits to bettors. But, that would change under legislation moving through Springfield this week. The White House announced Gregory Harris will be its nominee for U.S. Attorney for the central district […]