217 Today: How the Israel-Hamas war affected one University of Illinois student

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Today’s headlines:  The killing of the 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy in the Southwest suburbs is sparking widespread condemnation among elected officials across Illinois. The FBI is reporting a recent rise in hate-crime incidents in the Chicago area and is opening a hate-crime investigation into the weekend stabbings of a suburban Muslim boy […]

217 Today: Schools invest in security and technology in case of shootings

Monday, October 16, 2023 Today’s headlines:  The state of Illinois is investing an additional $10 million in Israeli government Bonds. New legislation in Springfield could change how cannabis gets from grow facilities to dispensaries. The Fighting Illini football team defeated the Maryland Terrapins 27-to-24 Saturday. More than 250 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students were […]

217 Today: Illinois colleges are reforming developmental education

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Today’s headlines:  Some Illinois state lawmakers are calling for a de-escalation in the war happening in the Middle East. The Urbana school board plans to hire an outside company Tuesday to redistrict its schools. More than a hundred people gathered Monday at the University of Illinois’ Main Quad to show support for […]

Champaign Police investigate ‘agency culture’ of not following domestic violence reporting laws

This story is part of a partnership focusing on police misconduct in Champaign County between the Champaign-Urbana Civic Police Data Project of the Invisible Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit public accountability journalism organization, and IPM Newsroom, which provides news about Illinois & in-depth reporting on Agriculture, Education, the Environment, Health, and Politics, powered by Illinois Public […]

217 Today: Champaign Urbana queer community seeks specific spaces

Monday, October 2, 2023 Today’s headlines:  Decatur Public Schools is breaking ground on a new school building that’s being named after one of Illinois’ Tuskegee Airmen. Large crowds gathered in downtown Urbana during Champaign-Urbana’s annual pride parade on Saturday. The Champaign County Community Coalition hosted the first Black Mental Health and Wellness Conference at Parkland College on […]

217 Today: Decatur school closure exposes gaps in state-required inspections

Monday, September 25, 2023 Today’s headlines:  The Biden administration’s move to expand work permits for some seeking asylum in the U.S. is welcome news to immigration advocates. But some experts want to see expanded protections to enable all undocumented immigrants to find work. Many hospitals across the Chicago area do not have midwives, despite research showing […]

217 Today: Illinois no longer has cash bail. Are courts ready?

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 Today’s headlines:  Monday was supposed to be Illinois’ first day without cash bail. But judges in some counties were still setting money bonds. Despite the historic changes to cash bail, it was mostly a slow day in Metro East courthouses. Illinois passed a new law that allows Native American ancestral remains to […]

217 Today: Downstate leaders say they will need help handling the historic end to cash bail

Monday, September 18, 2023 Today’s headlines:  Advocates for survivors of sex crimes and domestic violence are cheering the end of cash bail in Illinois on Monday.  The numbers are out on a COVID-era program aimed at helping preschool through eighth-grade students learn at Decatur Public Schools. Around a hundred people met Saturday at the Urbana Free […]

217 Today: Serving farm fresh food in schools is getting big federal support — but will ‘farm to school’ stick?

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 Today’s headlines:  Illinois state representative Maura Hirschauer is enlisting gun control advocates to help revive a bill targeting domestic violence. A bell from the unfinished World War Two battleship, USS Illinois, was used in Champaign, to remember those lost in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Five workers are still hospitalized after […]

217 Today: ‘Greener Pastures’ explores farming, climate change and mental health

Monday, September 11, 2023 Today’s headlines:  Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth is reintroducing a bill to require seat belts on school buses nationwide. An attorney nationally known for defending men accused of sexual misconduct has been hired by an Illinois State University administrator charged with assaulting a minor. An electric vehicle battery plant is opening in Kankakee […]