The 217 Today Podcast

The 217 Today Podcast

Keep up with news in Central Illinois every weekday with 217 Today. Hear the day's headlines, along with one deeper dive, in just ten minutes. Learn about the people and places that make Central Illinois unique with 217 Today.

Gov. JB Pritzker sits for a Zoom interview with Illinois Public Radio on Thursday.

217 Today: Friday June 4, 2021

In today's deep dive, Governor JB Pritzker spoke with Illinois Public Radio government and politics editor Hannah Meisel about where negotiations stand on a massive energy bill before lawmakers go back to Springfield for a vote on a final deal.

rain Weevil has one fully functional prototype. They're building five more in the coming weeks.
Cecil Smalley Photography

217 Today: Tuesday June 1, 2021

In today's deep dive, a few times a year, farmers have to do a dangerous task; go inside large grain bins to take care of their harvest. Last year, more than 30 of them were trapped inside silos in the U.S., according to Purdue University. But a new robot could help keep farmers safe.

A Cicada in Vermilion County in May 2021.
Tinisha Spain/Illinois Newsroom

217 Today: Friday May 28, 2021

In today's deep dive, parts of eastern Illinois are beginning to hear a brood of cicadas finally coming above ground after 17 years. Katie Dana, specialist in entomology at the Illinois Natural History Survey, discusses what to expect from these cicadas and what to do if you see them.

Western Illinois University's campus in the Quad Cities.
Western Illinois University

217 Today: Thursday May 27, 2021

In today's deep dive, Western Illinois University's new riverfront campus in Moline was supposed to allow Western to grow in the Quad Cities, but instead, enrollment has shrunk. This has led to criticism from some leaders in the Quad Cities about the university's direction.