Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He’s been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at

217 Today: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 Today’s headlines: A court monitor recently found the Illinois Department of Corrections has failed to make some required improvements in its

217 Today: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: A union representing about 300 state employees has come to an agreement with Gov. JB Pritzker’s office on his

217 Today: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans who use smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa are subject to new data protections under a law signed last

217 Today: Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: County clerks in Illinois will likely lose somewhere between $5-15 million in bond processing fees whn the state goes

217 Today: Tuesday Sept. 14, 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois Senate passed major energy and climate legislation Monday. It now goes to the governor, who says he

217 Today: Monday, Sept. 13, 2021

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois Senate returns to Springfield Monday in hopes of wrapping up a last-minute energy deal. People across Central

217 Today: Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois House passed major energy and climate legislation Thursday night that aims to put Illinois on the path

217 Today: Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 Today’s headlines: As energy negotiations continue in Springfield, renewable energy entrepreneurs say each day that goes by means a less certain

217 Today: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 Today’s headlines: Adlai Stevenson III, who was born into a political family and carved out his own accomplishments, has died. Illinoisans

217 Today: Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 Today’s headlines: Time is running out for lawmakers in Springfield to agree on a massive energy and climate plan. It’s been

217 Today: Friday, Sept. 3, 2021

Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ governor says COVID cases among school students are likely higher than what official numbers show. Central Illinois U.S.

217 Today: Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 Today’s headlines: Republican U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger says the U.S. exit in Afghanistan was “probably some of the worst military decision-making

217 Today: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 Today’s headlines: Comprehensive energy legislation finally moved through the Illinois Senate Tuesday night after a months long impasse. Democrats in the

217 Today: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tuesday August 31, 2021 Today’s headlines: Democrats in the General Assembly are set to vote on new legislative maps as they return to Springfield Tuesday.

217 Today: Monday, August 30, 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield this week to revise new legislative maps that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly

217 Today: Friday, August 27, 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021 Today’s headlines: All Illinois teachers, school staff and college students will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before September 5th under

217 Today: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to reestablish a statewide mask mandate and announce vaccine mandates for school staff. The

217 Today: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Today’s headlines: A longtime fixture in state and national Democratic politics is mounting a challenge to Congressman Rodney Davis in Illinois’

217 Today: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Today’s headlines: A new use-of-force policy for Urbana Police places an emphasis on deescalating potentially violent situations. Extensive changes are on

217 Today: Monday, August 23, 2021

Monday, August 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: The percentage of available intensive care beds has dropped below 20% in Illinois, as the number of COVID hospitalizations

217 Today: Friday, August 20, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: With a difficult governor’s race next year, Illinois GOP leaders face an uphill battle to unite the party behind

217 Today: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: Leaders in charge of the Democratic Party of Illinois are preaching party unity even as former House Speaker Mike

217 Today: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Today’s headlines: At the Illinois State Fairgrounds Wednesday, Democrats will promote party unity at their annual rally day. But just outside,

217 Today: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker is brushing off findings by Republicans and independent consultants that the new legislative maps passed by

217 Today: Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker recently signed a series of measures that advocates say could take a sizable share of Illinoisans off

217 Today: Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021 Today’s headlines: Masks will be required in all Illinois schools and childcare facilities effective immediately. Gov. JB Pritzker made that announcement

217 Today: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly says he’s hopeful a new law will help slow illegal gun transfers, as

217 Today: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor JB Pritzker has signed a new law aimed at actually removing guns from Illinoisans with revoked gun licenses.

217 Today: Monday, August 2, 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021 Today’s headlines: Senator Dick Durbin hopes to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

217 Today: Thursday May 20, 2021

Thursday May 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Officials say the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Champaign police officer is ongoing. Students in Illinois would

217 Today: Wednesday May 19, 2021

Wednesday May 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: A lawsuit filed by 22 Illinois school districts alleges Gov. JB Pritzker is not doing enough to emphasize spending

217 Today: Monday May 17, 2021

Monday May 17, 2021 Today’s headlines: With two weeks remaining in the General Assembly’s spring session, lawmakers’ attention will turn toward the state budget, and

217 Today: Friday May 14, 2021

Friday May 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker’s office is shielding itself from blame in the massive COVID outbreak at a state-run veterans’ home

217 Today: Thursday May 13, 2021

Thursday May 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: One of Illinois’ most influential business associations says the state is facing a severe labor shortage because of enhanced

217 Today: Wednesday May 12, 2021

Wednesday May 12, 2021 Today’s headlines: The head of an investigation into a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home says confusion over pandemic

217 Today: Tuesday May 11, 2021

Tuesday May 11, 2021 Today’s headlines: With Illinois heading toward a full economic reopening next month, the state’s Department of Public Health is launching a

217 Today: Monday May 10, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers are debating whether to permanently allow temporary nursing assistants to take on the duties of a

217 Today: April 30, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021 Today’s Headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker has made public a long-awaited investigation into a COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home last

217 Today: April 23, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans who want to own guns would have to be fingerprinted before getting or renewing their concealed carry license

217 Today: April 16, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Video of the fatal Chicago police shooting of Adam Toledo shows the 13-year-old raising his arms above his head the moment

217 Today: April 9, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021 Today’s Headlines: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Health officials also reported

217 Today — March 31, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois Republicans are again calling for an independent commission to draw Illinois’ new legislative maps. A bill introduced

Big Ten Postpones All Fall Sports

CHAMPAIGN – The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that it’s postponing all fall sports because of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic. The sports affected

Rose Bowl Tavern Adapts To COVID-19

  The Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana has been open since 1946, but it’s never experienced anything quite like the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlie Harris