The staying power of music

American Portrait | Central Illinois: Lift Every Voice is a timely portrait of the staying power of music and the arts in strange and uncertain times. Stream for free right now on WILL-TV's watch page or by searching "Lift Every Voice" on the PBS Video App.

New season of Classical:BTS

Returning for an all new season, it’s Classical:BTS—our popular docuseries devoted to revealing the lesser-seen and -heard stories around classical music in central Illinois. Stream the first episode right now.

State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods)

The 21st Show - January 19, 2021

Interview: Dan McConchie, (R) Illinois Senate Minority Leader

The Senate Republican Caucus has a new leader — State Sen. Dan McConchie, from Hawthorn Woods in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We talked with him about the pandemic, vaccine prioritization and the presidential election.

Ananya Cleetus, an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, won support from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Make-A-Thon to launch Anemone, a free app aimed at providing digital resources for managing one's mental health.

Courtesy of Ananya Cleetus

The 217 Today Podcast - January 19, 2021

217 Today: Tuesday January 19, 2021

In today’s deep dive, we speak with the University of Illinois student who created an app that provides digital resources to help people manage their own mental health.

Dr. Martin Luther King speaks March 25, 1967 at the Chicago peace march.

AP Photo/Chick Harrity

The 21st Show - January 18, 2021

Fighting for Civil Rights: Then and Now

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021... we held a multigenerational conversation with Illinoisians active in the Civil Rights Movement. They reflected on that legacy and the fight for racial justice today. 

Jeff Smudde/WGLT

The 217 Today Podcast - January 18, 2021

217 Today: Monday January 18, 2021

In today’s deep dive, llinois is now a year into cannabis arrest expungements. Some counties have wiped away those records, while others are still working through the process.

One of the rooms at C-U at Austin's Place, the new year-round emergency shelter for women in Champaign.

Christine Herman/Illinois Newsroom

The 217 Today Podcast - January 15, 2021

217 Today: Friday January 15, 2020

In today's deep dive, starting today, there’s a new year-round emergency shelter for women in Champaign. 

Senior Director of the NFLPA, Dana Hammonds Shuler, participates in a brief meditation session during Dr. Jason Richardson's presentation at the 2019 NFLPA Joint Conference at the US Grant Hotel on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in San Diego.

(Christy Radecic/AP Images for NFLPA)

The 21st Show - January 14, 2021

Meditation for the Masses

It's 2021, but unfortunately we haven't yet left 2020 in the past. There's still a global pandemic, social unrest and many people out of work. Enter mindfulness and meditation. The 21st spoke to experts about the importance of mindfullness.

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel

Justin Fowler/Pool/State Journal-Register

The 21st Show - January 14, 2021

New Speaker Of The House And Criminal Justice Reform

The 21st spoke to two politics reporters from Illinois about the new General Assembly,massive Criminal Justice reform that passed in the last few days and allegations against the new Illinois Speaker of the House, Emanuel "Chris" Welch. 

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