217 Today: 217 Today host looks back on time at Illinois Public Media

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 Today’s headlines: Caterpillar and the United Auto Workers have reached a new tentative six-year agreement, averting a strike. Dozens of Illinois prison inmates are seeking graduate degrees that they hope will help them chart a new path when they leave prison.  Plans for a carbon pipeline in Illinois are back on […]

217 Today: Former employee reflects on Chester Street Bar’s legacy in Champaign-Urbana

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 Today’s headlines: Two measures in the General Assembly would ensure families of first responders killed in the line of duty get their benefits without delay. A pair of tornadoes touched down near Champaign-Urbana on Monday just before 9 a.m.  After Florida banned AP African American studies, Champaign Unit 4 is preparing […]

217 Today: Northern Illinois University professors provide sports activities to incarcerated teens

Monday, February 27, 2023 Today’s headlines: State Representative Mike Marron is one of many Republicans critical of the spending proposals outlined in Governor J.B. Pritzker’s budget, but he has a plan of his own. Environmental groups in Illinois are hoping to limit microplastic waste, and they’re looking at washing machines. Twenty-five community organizations and government […]

217 Today: State Senator Paul Faraci talks about his first month in office

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Today’s headlines: Students at Parkland College will pay more for their classes starting this summer. The Urbana Park District is commemorating Black History Month with an “I Have a Dream” quilt. The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team topped Minnesota on Monday night in Champaign 78-69. In today’s deep dive, we’ll talk […]

217 Today: Local physician writes children’s book on how to be a first responder

Monday, February 20, 2023 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed a $20 million investment to help open independent grocery stores in food deserts across the state. A proposed bill could fine Illinois cat owners up to $2,500 for declawing their cats.  The spot where a local gay bar once stood may soon be Champaign’s […]

217 Today: Rockford man steps up to help elementary students without a ride to school

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Today’s headlines: Governor J.B. Pritzker will give his State of the State address to the General Assembly on Wednesday. Republican lawmakers in Illinois are calling for immediate relief for Ameren customers facing soaring energy costs. The mass shooting Monday at Michigan State University has drawn an outpouring of support from the […]

217 Today: Parents struggle to find childcare in rural communities

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Today’s headlines: A plan to move hundreds of migrants into a former K-Mart on Chicago’s Southwest Side is getting pushback from local officials. In February 2020, Visit Champaign County revealed Destination 2023 – a three-year plan to improve people’s experiences in Champaign County. Black male leaders visited Urbana classrooms on Monday […]

217 Today: Recess law boosts elementary students’ social-emotional learning

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 Today’s headlines: Four defendants in an upcoming federal corruption trial want to limit evidence against them. Tuesday was National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day, and a coalition of Black health equity advocates is calling on the Illinois Department of Public Health to do more. Republican Illinois congresswoman Mary Miller wants to stop […]

217 Today: Increasing evictions in Midwest threaten public health

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Today’s headlines: The Illinois National Guard has a new major general…and one of his priorities is to foster diversity. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is worried that education policies he opposes are trying to take root here. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is designing a social media platform to connect high […]

217 Today: New reproductive health clinic to open in Champaign

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Today’s headlines: An Illinois Appellate Court has narrowly upheld a decision that prevents the state’s assault weapons ban from taking effect in some places. The Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield is receiving a $15 million preservation investment. On Tuesday, the Illinois State Board of Education named Tony Sanders as its […]

217 Today: Supreme Court ruling could reduce wetland protections

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 Today’s headlines: A survey of public schools across Illinois found nearly 4 out of 5 districts reported a shortage of teachers this year. A group of Illinois lawmakers and representatives from business and local government will study warehouse safety over the next two years. This is the first year elementary and […]

217 Today: New Urbana bakery celebrates Mexican, Latin-American culture

Monday, January 30, 2023 Today’s headlines: Demonstrations broke out across the country over the beating death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, including in Urbana. A bill sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker would lift restrictions on Illinois residents who can’t change their names because of past crimes. The University of Illinois Police Department has reported several […]