217 Today: Illinois chefs get creative with ‘Copi cakes’

Friday, July 1, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans can expect some moderate tax relief starting Friday. Environmental advocates are decrying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision made Thursday that curtailed the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions. Republican candidates in Illinois who support former President Trump fared very well in this week’s primary election. That may not […]

217 Today: Mary Miller defeats Rodney Davis in the 15th Congressional District Republican Primary

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Today’s headlines: Downstate conservative Darren Bailey clinched a victory Tuesday night in his race for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor. Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is already on the attack against his Republican opponent in November’s election, Darren Bailey. Democratic voters in the 13th Congressional District have chosen former Biden aide Nikki […]

217 Today: Sickle cell disease creates barriers for men and women to access fertility treatments

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Today’s headlines: A new report highlights the mountain of work ahead to make banking in Illinois more racially equitable. There’s less than a week until the primary election, and the newly drawn 13th Congressional district is Democratic-leaning, but far from decided. Conservative gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is feeling optimistic about his […]

A historian says Robert and John Gregg Allerton hid the truth about their relationship

Not only is Allerton Park the self-proclaimed best-kept secret of Illinois, but its founders carried a secret of their own as well.  University of Kansas professor Nicholas Syrett’s latest book details the relationship between the park’s namesakes, Robert and John Gregg Allerton – a gay couple who claimed to be a father-son duo in public.  The […]

217 Today: Experts monitor health of peregrine falcons and tag three newly born chicks

Friday, June 10, 2022 Today’s headlines: On Wednesday, the House passed the Protect Our Kids Act, which would enact new gun control measures following the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. A hedge fund founder and noted art collector is spending millions of dollars on the race for Illinois governor. The Aurora Pride Parade […]

217 Today: Chicago rap duo teaches students how to build rapping skills and confidence

Tuesday, June 8, 2022 Today’s headlines: As Illinois’ summer meals program gets underway, nonprofit groups and the Illinois Board of Education are hoping to extend a waiver that expires this month that’s made it easier for families to get food. A recent study from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute estimates […]

Bike shortage takes on new form because of price hikes and supply-chain issues

CHAMPAIGN – As Champaign Cycle slowly returns to its normal inventory, it’s experiencing price increases in bikes and bike parts that are indicative of the ongoing national bicycle shortage, which began after the sudden increase in sales at the beginning of the pandemic. As of May 13, a report from Statista found that Americans spent […]