217 Today: Soil protection program unites climate change experts and farmers

Monday, May 2, 2022 Today’s headlines: There’s a debate over debates within the six-way Republican field for Illinois governor. Champaign police say they’re increasing efforts to spread the word about new hiring incentives designed to attract more experienced officers to the force. Elementary schoolers at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy spend one half-day per week […]

217 Today: Home health aides are in high demand but hard to find

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Today’s headlines: A prisoner advocacy group is demanding answers from the Illinois Department of Corrections after legionella bacteria was found in five facilities’ water supplies in March – but the state reported only two of them. The president of the University of Illinois system is working from home after testing positive […]

217 Today: Northern Illinois man uses woodworking to help veterans in need

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Today’s headlines: Five Republicans running for Illinois governor shared a stage downstate last night with one empty chair. A federal jury has convicted an Illinois correctional officer of beating an elderly prisoner to death. Travelers are no longer required to wear masks in airports or train stations in Illinois. A program […]

217 Today: Pork producers resist attempts to change the way they raise pigs

Monday, April 25, 2022 Today’s headlines: The National Science Foundation has given two groups of University of Illinois researchers awards totaling more than $40 million. The Autism Program at the University of Illinois continues to provide an online summer camp for prospective students with autism. Champaign-Urbana residents cheered as artist Langston Allston cut a ceremonial […]

217 Today: McLean County electric vehicle manufacturer CEO discusses plans to grow

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed next year’s state spending plan into law. The city of Danville is making way for a new casino near Interstate 74 on the city’s east side after breaking ground Tuesday afternoon. About 50 University of Illinois students marched in support of the Students […]

Danville breaks ground on new casino hoping to boost local economy

DANVILLE, Ill. – Residents cheered Tuesday as Danville city officials wearing hard hats shoveled dirt on a patch of land in an industrial park off of Interstate 74.  By next spring, that land is expected to be the home of Danville’s Golden Nugget Casino.  Former State Representative Lou Lang, who advised Danville officials on the […]

In-person Ebertfest returns to Champaign’s Virginia Theatre

CHAMPAIGN – Wednesday kicks off the first day of the return of Ebertfest, Champaign’s annual film festival named in honor of late University of Illinois alumnus and film critic Roger Ebert.  The festival will feature films from Wednesday to Saturday including “The Phantom of the Open,” “Ghost World,” and “Nightmare Alley.”  Movies shown at Ebertfest […]

217 Today: New book highlights the shady past of Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp in Peoria

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Today’s headlines: Former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is this year’s winner of the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government. Champaign County is investing in interpretation services for immigrants who speak indigenous languages. Champaign city council members will talk Tuesday about an agreement to give University of Illinois police authority […]

217 Today: Native American mascots remain in many high schools throughout Illinois

Monday, April 18, 2022 Today’s headlines: Testimony is expected to continue Monday in the trial of two Illinois guards charged with beating a prisoner. The ratification process has begun for a tentative agreement between The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 3700 and the University of Illinois regarding retroactive pay. Little League […]

217 Today: Music director details Sinfonia da Camera’s season finale concert at Krannert

Friday, April 15, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois labor leaders want structural changes to the state’s unemployment benefits system. Champaign County Crime Stoppers has raised its cash reward for tips involving guns and homicides. A University of Illinois spokesperson says the university has reached a tentative agreement to provide clerical workers with retroactive pay starting from […]

217 Today: New initiative aims to welcome more people of color to farmers markets

Thursday, April 14, 2022 Today’s headlines: State lawmakers recently approved a measure waiving school fees for students experiencing homelessness and it’s waiting for the governor’s signature. A proposal headed to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk would allow Illinoisans 18 and older to get credentialed for a school paraprofessional job. Tenured and non-tenured faculty at Northern Illinois University […]