The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Illinois Public Media launches Illinois Soul — a new platform amplifying Black voices and music


Kurt Bielema

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Today's headlines:

  • Illinois’ troubled child welfare agency will have a new director next month.
  • Some suburban Chicago residents say they’re fed up with the way Governor J.B. Pritzker is managing the influx of asylum seekers sent here from Texas.
  • A federal judge is delaying the start of the corruption trial of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan by six months.
  • Illinois became the first state to effectively ban book bans.

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about Illinois Public Media’s new station, Illinois Soul, and its focus on amplifying Black voices.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Alex Degman, Dave McKinney, Mawa Iqbal and Kimberly Schofield.