Shavonne’s Year

Shavonne Cole—a junior in Media and Cinema Studies at the College of Media at Illinois—documents her life during a pandemic, living and working on campus while attending classes virtually for our new American Portrait | Central Illinois series installment, Shavonne's Year. Join us for new episodes Sundays at 6 pm on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

New reporting series from Illinois Newsroom

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For over a year, Illinois Public Media reporters Dana Cronin and Christine Herman have been tracking the pandemic's toll on Illinois farmworkers. This Hispanic Heritage Month, explore their reporting in the ongoing Illinois Newsroom series, "Risking it All".

(from left) Amanda Robles, Heather Velazquez, Jennifer Paredes, Natalie Camunas, and Crissy Guerrero in American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, running March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe.

Jim Cox

The 21st Show - September 27, 2021

American Mariachi Fills Illinois Theater

"American Mariachi" profiling a woman's quest to start an all-female mariachi band — something that would have been unheard of back in the 1970s. We talked with the play's director, Henry Godinez. 

Sandy, a binturong at Brookfield Zoo, receives a COVID-19 vaccine administered by Dr. Mike Adkesson, vice president of clinical medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society, and assisted by Maggie Chardell and Craig Stevens, lead animal care specialists.

Cathy Bazzoni/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

The 21st Show - September 27, 2021

Vaccinating Zoo Animals Against COVID-19

As our communities continue efforts to get more people the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination have recently begun for other species. Zoo animals are now being inoculated using a specialized vaccine at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. 

The 21st Show - September 27, 2021

Roundtable: COVID-19 And Boosters

More than 60 percent of Illinoisans, ages 12 and up, are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but in some parts of the state, like Southern Illinois, that number is much lower, as hospitals in the region have reached capacity in their ICUs. We were joined by reporters from around the state to talk about the latest on the pandemic in Illinois. 

Keith Thomas is pastor at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Champaign and a hospital chaplain for OSF HealthCare. He poses for a photo during a vaccine clinic hosted at his church on May 15, 2021

Amanda Gray/Mt. Olive Baptist Church

The 217 Today Podcast - September 27, 2021

217 Today: Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

In today's deep dive, a conversation with a pastor and hospital chaplain in Champaign who has been a strong voice promoting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Illinois’ Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy released a report last week showing that phosphorus and nitrogen pollution have gone up 35% and 13% respectively, compared to baseline numbers.

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

The 217 Today Podcast - September 24, 2021

217 Today: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

In today's deep dive, Illinois has a plan in place to reduce farm runoff, in an effort to improve water quality locally and downstream. But it’s not working.

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The 21st Show - September 23, 2021

Racist High School Mascots Still Exist

Even as professional and university sports teams have changed their names away from racist Native American mascots and logos, dozens of Illinois high schools continue to hold to them. We're talking with people who want to hold on to the imagery and those who want it banned. 

School buses in Springfield, Illinois

AP Photo/Seth Perlman

The 21st Show - September 23, 2021

Student Mental Health Days

In August, Governor J.B Pritzker signed a new bill that will allow students to take off up to five mental health days from school starting in January. We answered your questions about how these days would be implemented.

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The 217 Today Podcast - September 23, 2021

217 Today: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

In today's deep dive, we get an update on the investigation of the disappearance of Illinois State University graduate student and Danville native Jelani Day.

The 21st Show - September 22, 2021

Relationships In Black And White

A survey done by Pew Research Center showed that people who were Black believed that marrying someone outside of their race was generally a bad thing twice as much as people who were white. We talked with two essayists who recently wrote about interracial relationships. 

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