217 Today: infectious disease experts keep a close eye on pediatric cases of monkeypox

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 Today’s headlines: The Department of Children and Family Services and the Residential Simulation Lab at the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus are at odds over why a contract that helped the lab train new investigators has ended. Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi recently returned from a trip to Taiwan where he talked about […]

217 Today: Indiana House to debate a bill that would heavily restrict abortions

Monday, August 1, 2022 Today’s headlines: An unusually tense process to select the next Democratic Party of Illinois chair ended Friday when its current chair withdrew her name from consideration. The Democratic Party of Illinois has a new leader after an internal power battle settled this weekend. Illinois’ share of a national opioid settlement with […]

217 Today: Bus driver shortage leaves parents worried for upcoming school year

Monday, July 25, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling on the federal government to provide more vaccines for the monkeypox virus. The World Health Organization — on Saturday — declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. Congressman Rodney Davis has championed the Social Security Fairness Act since 2013. The bill […]

217 Today: The effects of bird flu were felt nationally. For one Iowa county, it was devastating

Monday, June 27, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois congresswoman Mary Miller is under fire for a racist comment her campaign says wasn’t intended. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Darren Bailey in Illinois’ GOP gubernatorial primary. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling for a special legislative session to further protect abortion rights. The Party for Socialism and […]

217 Today: After implementing a new learning model, one Illinois middle school isn’t turning back

Monday, June 13, 2022 Today’s headlines: Republican candidate for Governor Richard Irvin says he’s reassessing his campaign messaging less than three weeks before the primary election. Two political action committees have a heavy hand in the 15th Congressional District Republican Primary between long-time incumbent Rodney Davis and first-time incumbent Mary Miller.  Tune in to hear […]

217 Today: Scientists use wastewater to track the spread of COVID-19 and its variants

Friday, May 27, 2022 Today’s headlines: Democratic candidates for Illinois’ 13th district David Palmer and Nikki Budzinski met Thursday night for a debate ahead of the June 28th primary. Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth isn’t optimistic that any gun control legislation will pass the Senate this year, even after the school shooting in Texas this […]

217 Today: One community college is fighting the stigma of addiction in its community

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Today’s headlines: Starting next month, the Illinois Department of Public Health will scale back the way it contacts people about COVID-19 infection. The white gunman who killed 10 African Americans in a supermarket in Buffalo was motivated by hate according to police and a 180-page document he allegedly published online. Illinois’ […]

217 Today: CDC marks Champaign County community level of COVID-19 as high

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Today’s headlines: The Illinois Attorney General is warning people to look out for baby formula scams as the shortages continue. A new analysis has found that crop insurance premium subsidies cost taxpayers nearly $40 billion over 20 years across states in the Mississippi River Basin. Beginning in July, all letters, photos […]