Nominate Your Favorite Early Childhood Champion

WILL-TV, in collaboration with PBS KIDS, presents our first annual Early Childhood Champions Awards! Nominate a talented champion who works with young children in central Illinois by April 9, 2021.

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. Join us on March 25 as we take a closer look at the remarkable journey of bass player and guitarist Tonina Saputo

Anna Webber

The 217 Today Podcast - April 09, 2021

217 Today: Friday April 9, 2021

In today's deep dive, a conversation with Christian McBride. The Grammy-winning bassist and bandleader is the host of NPR's Jazz Night in America, which debuted on WILL-FM last weekend.

A work called Nyan Cat by Chris Torres sold for $590,000 recently. It's part of growing interest in digital assets, known as nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, that are generating millions of dollars in sales every day.

Chris Torres

The 21st Show - April 08, 2021

NFT Art with Illinois Artists

Various forms of digital art can be sold as a “non-fungible token." To talk more about NFT sales and how they're transforming the art community, The 21st was joined by an artist and a reporter following art news. 

I-80 in the Quad Cities


The 21st Show - April 08, 2021

Bison Bridge National Park

An interstate highway bridge near the Quad Cities is set to be replaced. Instead of destroying the old one, an environmentalist wants to turn it into a new national park. The 21st spoke to the President of Living Lands & Waters about the details of the plan. 

Several people get the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass clinic at the Corinthian Baptist Church in Des Moines. The church was intentionally selected for the clinic as a safe space for many members of the Black community to get vaccinated.

Natalie Krebs/Side Effects Public Media

The 217 Today Podcast - April 08, 2021

217 Today: Thursday April 8, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll learn how public health officials in the Midwest are trying to reach people who are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jesse Ruiz responds to a question at a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Chicago.

AP Photo/Christian K. Lee

The 21st Show - April 07, 2021

Interview: Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz

In addition to infusing federal funds into Illinois' K-12 schools, Gov. J B Pritzker also announced four initiatives that he hopes will help make up for the effects of the pandemic on students, teachers and parents.

Spencer Husley

The 21st Show - April 06, 2021

UI Kingfishers Quiz Bowl Team

The 21st was joined by two members of the UI Kingfisher Quiz Bowl Team to talk more about quiz bowl, operating virtually this year and what the team's chances are at winning the National Championship.

In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. New Yorkers over 16 years old can sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday, April 6 a major expansion of eligibility as the state seeks to immunize as many people as possible.

Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

The 21st Show - April 06, 2021

You’re Vaccinated, Now What?

More than 2.3 million people in Illinois are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The 21st was joined by a panel of guests to speak more about vaccine eligibility, what happens after an individual is fully vaccinated and the implications of a "vaccine passport." 

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