‘It’s Virgil Abloh Day’ – Designer remembered in IL hometown

ROCKFORD – Wednesday was “Virgil Abloh Day in Rockford. The city’s mayor proclaimed the day in honor of a prolific fashion designer who passed away over the weekend. In 2018, Virgil Abloh turned heads by becoming the first black designer at the head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear. Abloh passed away over the weekend after a 2 […]

People go to libraries for more than books. That’s why some are hiring social workers

Yanna McGraw has a unique role at the Indianapolis Public Library. She’s the library’s first full-time social worker – one of about a dozen employed by libraries across the Midwest. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/11/weblibrarysw.mp3 The library hired McGraw because it was seeing more patrons dealing with complex issues. She’s only been on the job for four months, but […]

The first U.S. case of the omicron variant has now been reported

The first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., health officials said on Wednesday. The case was detected in a person in California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22,” the CDC said in […]

Second area code will be added to the 309 in central and northern Illinois

Portions of central and northern Illinois, including McLean County, will get a new second area code by late next year or early 2023. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has announced the nine counties in the 309 will get what the commission calls an overlay for a new 861 area code. That will go to all […]

LISTEN: Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade in historic arguments

WASHINGTON — An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court’s nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent decisions declaring that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2021/12/20211201_me_supreme_court_considers_whether_to_reverse_roe_v_wade_in_historic_arguments.mp3 Listen to Nina’s story here. Until now, all the court’s abortion decisions have upheld […]

C-U homeless shelter seeks funds for new project

CHAMPAIGN — With the help of the Champaign County Board, C-U at Home is looking to create new shelters for the homeless. C-U at Home is seeking funds to build two, low-barrier shelters for the homeless. The agency’s current year-round shelter for the homeless reopened in August as a sober shelter after a several-month closure […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike says there’s still not a lot known about the omicron variant of COVID-19 and is urging Illinois residents to remain calm. With the help of the Champaign County Board, C-U at Home is looking to create new shelters for the homeless. This holiday season, […]