The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: How the U-46 school district is trying to help newcomer migrant students

Larsen Middle School in Elgin

Larsen Middle School in Elgin Peter Medlin/WNIJ

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Today's headlines: 

  • The longtime chief of staff to ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
  • Dozens of parents and children packed the Champaign Unit 4 school board meeting Monday night based on rumors that a beloved principal might be fired.
  • An online petition to fire the Champaign Unit 4 Schools superintendent has gathered over 500 signatures.

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about how Northern Illinois school districts are trying to help its new migrant students.

Reporting today contributed by Tony Arnold, Emily Hays and Peter Medlin.