217 Today: Urban farmers struggle to buy vacant lots to turn into greenspace

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 Today’s headlines: The nationwide shortage of a common antibiotic has hit local pharmacies. As Thanksgiving approaches, rising food prices could make it harder to prepare a healthy meal that’s also not overly expensive. The City of Urbana is offering a free leaf recycling program through the month of November. The Illinois […]

217 Today: U of I program helps Indigenous tribes take possession of human remains

Thursday, November 17, 2022 Today’s headlines: In a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois praised a University of Illinois student for standing up for abortion rights by casting her vote last week. The Illinois House Republicans’ newly elected leader has ideas on how to win more […]

217 Today: Expert says not all policies to erase medical debt are equally effective

Monday, November 14, 2022 Today’s headlines: We could see the first snow accumulation of the season starting tonight. Last summer’s demolition of the Cannon school building in Danville destroyed a notable reminder of Joe Cannon, the longtime Danville congressman and House Speaker. Now there’s a campaign to name another Danville building after him. The Fighting […]

217 Today: Illinois Democrats sweep statewide races in midterm elections

Thursday, November 10, 2022 Today’s headlines: Fresh off his reelection win, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is still facing multiple questions about whether he’ll run for president. With the election cycle drawing to a close, the Illinois General Assembly soon will consider more revisions to the state’s criminal justice reform law during the fall veto session. […]

217 Today: New law may lower prescription drug prices for seniors

Monday, November 7, 2022 Today’s headlines: A lawsuit filed Friday by a Republican Champaign County board member temporarily sidelined a top county election official just days before the November election. Illinois’ economy is growing at an increasingly slower rate. The Illinois Film Office is offering free trainings in seven locations across the state. The Fighting […]

217 Today: Music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana previews their upcoming concert

Friday, November 4, 2022 Today’s headlines: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin warns of increased conflict between Russia, Ukraine and members of NATO. When immigrants arrive in Urbana-Champaign, local organizations ensure those without resources receive beds, baby clothes and diapers. Many Central Illinois residents found political ads that look like newspapers in their mailboxes this week. In today’s deep […]

217 Today: Educators find new ways to teach reading amid a statewide decline in reading scores

Thursday, November 3, 2022 Today’s headlines: A recent report from two environmental justice groups found most Illinois coal-fired plants are not complying with a federal rule to curb groundwater contamination. Governor J.B. Pritzker says the state will be able to afford his plan to make college free for low and middle-income students. On Tuesday, Champaign-Urbana […]

217 Today: Pregnant immigrants struggle to find prenatal care amid restrictive federal laws

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 Today’s headlines: A long legal battle between inmates and the Illinois Department of Corrections over mental health care has taken another turn. Carle Health in Urbana will take over management of several hospitals in central Illinois from UnityPoint Health. The Village of Savoy voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the Champaign […]