The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Colleges hand out scholarships to attract top students — at the expense of kids in need


Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Today's headlines: 

  • West suburban Oak Park has told migrants temporarily living in two locations that they must move out by the end of January.
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is demanding that the Biden Administration kick in more funds to overhaul Chicago’s Union Station.
  • Applications are now being taken for farmers who want discounts on their crop insurance in exchange for planting cover crops to protect the soil over the winter.

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about why the number of Black students in Illinois enrolled in college has declined over the past decade.

Reporting today contributed by Esther Yoon-Ji Kang, Claudia Morell, Jim Meadows and Lisa Kurian