Shavonne’s Year

Shavonne Cole—a junior in Media and Cinema Studies at the College of Media at Illinois—documents her life during a pandemic, living and working on campus while attending classes virtually for our new American Portrait | Central Illinois series installment, Shavonne's Year. Join us for new episodes Sundays at 6 pm on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

New reporting series from Illinois Newsroom

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For over a year, Illinois Public Media reporters Dana Cronin and Christine Herman have been tracking the pandemic's toll on Illinois farmworkers. This Hispanic Heritage Month, explore their reporting in the ongoing Illinois Newsroom series, "Risking it All".

Staff work at a recovery unit at UnityPoint's Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The unit receives many COVID-19 patients recovering from the virus.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 15, 2021

217 Today: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

In today's deep dive, we’ll get an inside look at how the Delta variant of COVID-19 has made hospitalized patients younger and sicker.

Homer Lake in Champaign County in October 2020

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The 21st Show - October 14, 2021

Illinois autumns impacted by climate change

Fall is in full swing in Illinois and depending on where you are in the state, we’re coming upon peak foliage season. However, there are warnings that climate change could delay and dull that signature fall color.

This Oct. 13, 2015 file photo shows abandoned buildings which dominate downtown in Cairo, Ill. Alexander County, Illinois' southernmost county

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The 21st Show - October 14, 2021

Census shows white flight from Illinois

Even though Illinois' population loss wasn’t as bad as predicted, it still wasn't great — Illinois did lose population, while most states gained. And precisely who is leaving Illinois is also an interesting story: it’s mostly white people saying goodbye. 

This Jelani Day portrait was returned for temporary display Monday Oct. 4., within a window at 104 Beaufort St. It's expected to be placed at ISU. It had previously been displayed and then removed from the outside of a publicly owned building in Normal.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 14, 2021

217 Today: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll hear an Illinois State University criminal justice expert's thoughts about the Jelani Day investigation.

Carmen Bolden-Day with her son Jelani Day

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The 21st Show - October 13, 2021

Carmen Bolden Day talks about her son Jelani, his life and disappearance

Jelani Day was a church-goer, athlete and had dreams of being a speech pathology doctor. On August 24, the Illinois State University grad student went missing. Nearly a month later, his body was identified after being found in the Illinois River. Today, we talked with his mother.

This March 23, 1942, photo shows the first arrivals at the Japanese evacuee community established in Owens Valley in Manzanar, Calif.

The 21st Show - October 13, 2021

Reckoning with the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II

After decades of silence, Japanese-Americans who had been imprisoned during WWII, and their descendants, spoke up in the Redress Movement of the 1980s, and it's been seen as a model for other communities seeking justice and healing today for wrongs committed by the US government. 

An ISU cybersecurity expert says security breaches often happen when one individual user or computer gets hacked, suggesting a security system is only as strong as its weakest link.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 13, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll hear from a cybersecurity expert who says COVID-19 has made our workplaces less safe-- from online threats.

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra performing each of the Finalists compositions.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

The 21st Show - October 12, 2021

A new season for orchestras

Fall 2021 has seen the start of the performance seasons for orchestras around Illinois. The 21st was joined by the music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra to discuss what goes into planning a successful season.

Members of UIUC Response, Evaluation and Crisis Help (REACH) - left: Megan Cambron, Crisis Outreach Coordinator, University of Illinois Police Department and Elma Halpin, Behavioral Health Detective, University of Illinois Police Department.

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The 21st Show - October 12, 2021

How can mental health responders change policing?

In Illinois, mental health workers are beginning to be paired with police officers while responding to calls. We talked with members of a police department, a behaviorial health program and a program that offers alternatives to calling the police during mental health crises.

The Cameron Owen Farm School is part of Marnie Simons Elementary School in Hamburg, Iowa.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 12, 2021

217 Today: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll visit a Midwest elementary school that lets students take care of chickens, pigs, sheep and goats-- which pays off in the classroom. 

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