217 Today: New clinics aim to help patients suffering from long-term COVID-19 symptoms

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19. Another county resident – a man in his 70s – has died from COVID-19.  This is the fifth COVID-19-related death in July and brings the countywide death toll to 301. Governor JB Pritzker ended COVID-19 vaccine mandates for higher education […]

217 Today: ‘Living room’ approach aims to plug gaps in mental health services

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois State Police will start keeping clear and present danger reports to prevent some people from obtaining a Firearm Owners’ ID. The Catholic healthcare provider OSF HealthCare will only cover fertility treatments for its married, opposite-sex workers. The Urbana City Council is considering whether to allow a second plasma […]

217 Today: Some in Illinois still waiting for redress from cannabis industry

Friday, July 15, 2022 Today’s headlines: Many doctors from Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin are now working out of a health center across the Illinois border. In the aftermath of the Highland Park mass shooting over the Fourth of July weekend, Illinois politicians are sparring over gun legislation. If your bicycle is parked at a University […]

217 Today: In rural communities, LGBTQ farmers are becoming more visible

Thursday, July 14, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois college students and people who work in higher education in the state will no longer face COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Last week, Judge Lisa Holder White was sworn in as the first Black woman justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. She said her time as both a prosecutor and […]

217 Today: A new law limits disposal of long-lasting chemicals in Illinois, but there are still challenges

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has appointed a new director of the state’s public health department. Dr. Colleen McNicholas testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on what her clinic has experienced since Roe v. Wade was overturned. Black facilities workers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have taken a major […]

217 Today: Wheat prices are up this year, but farmers could lose money this harvest season

Friday, July 8, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ Republican candidate for governor blames the state for letting the alleged Highland Park shooter buy his guns. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is hiking financial support to foster parents and caregivers to offset the impacts of rising costs. A week after the first Black woman […]

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 […]