New season of Classical:BTS

Returning for an all new season, it’s Classical:BTS—our popular docuseries devoted to revealing the lesser-seen and -heard stories around classical music in central Illinois. In the most recent episodes, we take a closer look at the remarkable journey pipe organ maker, John-Paul Buzard.  

Ricardo Lopez, a junior in food science and human nutrition, works at La Casa to hand out tokens for a free meal at Bevier Cafe.

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The 217 Today Podcast - May 18, 2021

217 Today: Tuesday May 18, 2021

In today's deep dive, amid the pandemic, some students say that it is hard to obtain food on college campuses, including the University of Illinois.

Amtrak's 15-year Connects US proposal calls for upgrading existing routes between Chicago and Quincy, St. Louis, and Carbondale; and expanding service to Rockford and the Quad Cities.


The 21st Show - May 17, 2021

Future of Freight, Passenger Trains in Illinois

Illinois is a transcontinental hub for railroads, and there could be major changes afoot in the industry with implications here. There’s talk of a merger on the freight side, and Amtrak recently announced a 15-year plan that would expand and enhance service across Illinois.

A sign warns visitors to mask before entering the Menards in Morris, Illinois, in June 2020. (cc by-nc 2.0)

The 21st Show - May 17, 2021

CDC’s New Mask Guidance: Illinoisans Weigh In

The CDC last week announced fully vaccinated people can forgo their masks and social distancing in most indoor settings. We spoke with two Illinois epidemiologists and an infectious disease physician about the new guidelines. They also responded to listener calls, texts and voicemails.

Miku Morikuni and Katie Roscher spin for a photo during a graduation photoshoot. The two have been roommates for three years now and are as close as can be.

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The 217 Today Podcast - May 17, 2021

217 Today: Monday May 17, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll find out how some University of Illinois graduates felt about the modified commencement ceremonies held over the weekend.

The sun rises over Clinton Lake each morning as the crew unloads the boats to get on the water. The Illini rowing team leaves campus at 4:50 a.m. to get to practice.

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The 217 Today Podcast - May 14, 2021

217 Today: Friday May 14, 2021

In today's deep dive, we spend a morning with the Illini rowing team at Clinton Lake. WILL student reporter Amanda Brennan takes us there.

Classic Mornings - May 13, 2021

The Good Stuff

He said it more simply than I could have said it.

The 21st Show - May 13, 2021

Black History Of Route 66

Two women from central and southern Illinois opened up the Route History museum in Springfield and are working to tell the stories of the tragedy, resilience, and excellence of Black people along the Historic Route 66.

Shaersti Anderson and her daughter Raelynn bond after Anderson picks Raelynn up from daycare. Anderson said that balancing taking care of Raelynn and doing her school work has not been easy, especially since the transition to online classes.

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The 217 Today Podcast - May 13, 2021

217 Today: Thursday May 13, 2021

In today's deep dive, the pandemic is forcing colleges in central Illinois and elsewhere to reconsider ways they can support student parents as they return for in-person classes this fall.

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News Local/State - May 12, 2021

WATCH LIVE: Pritzker’s May 12 COVID-19 Update

WATCH LIVE:  At 11:00 a.m. today Gov. Pritzker is holding a press briefing to discuss Illinois' safe return to tourism and travel.

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