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217 Today: Looking back at Focus 580, WILL-AM’s local call-in show that ran for 30+ years

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The 2022 campaign season started Monday as candidates lined up to turn in petitions to get their names on the June 28 primary election ballot.

  • Candidates for elected office across the state lined up at the Illinois State Board of Elections to submit nominating petitions as the filing period began. Among them was governor J.B. Pritzker.

  • A new business in Champaign County specializes in maternal mental health and runs completely online.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a look back at a talk show that ran on WILL-AM for more than thirty years as WILL celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Caroline Kubzansky, Maggie Strahan, Emily Hays and Jim Meadows. 

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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