The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Palestinian NIU graduate student adds voice to call for ceasefire in war in Gaza

Northern Illiniois Unviersity MLK Commons, May 2024.

Northern Illiniois Unviersity MLK Commons, May 2024. Maria Gardner Lara

Monday, May 6, 2024

Today's headlines: 

  • A coalition of organizations is suing the City of Chicago for denying a permit to march downtown during this summer’s Democratic National Convention.
  • The Illinois Department of Human Services is proposing a 14 billion dollar budget for this upcoming fiscal year. 
  • Researchers at the University of Illinois are exploring a new device they say could be like a “fit bit” for alcohol.
  • Fighting Illini men's golfer Jackson Buchanan won the Big Ten Conference Golfer of the Year award. 

In today's deep dive, we’ll hear from a Northern Illinois University graduate student from Palestine who's lending his voice to the students' demand for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Reporting today contributed by Michael Puente, Mawa Iqbal, John Shay, Colin Hislope and Maria Gardner Lara.