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217 Today: CU Folk & Roots Festival returns with a focus on expanding the genre

Participants gather outside the Common Ground Coop to play during a previous installment of the CU Folks & Roots Festival.

October 6, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • There’s a new biomedical research hub in Chicago.
  • Illinois state senator Mike Simmons is trying to expand on a recently passed state law prohibiting public libraries from banning books.
  • A new report seeks to get a better handle on the racial equity efforts happening at nonprofits around the state.
  • Illinois football and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus passed away at 80 years old Thursday.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with Scott Dosset from the C-U Folk and Roots Festival’s steering committee about what to expect from next week’s line-up.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Tim Shelley, Colin Hislope and Owen Henderson.

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Stephanie Mosqueda

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National Weather Service forecast map for June 13, 2024

Severe storms possible Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.