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217 Today: Freeport High School students help fill in the gaps in local news

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 Today’s headlines:  For the first time since the 19th century, a Native American tribe has sovereign authority over land in the state of Illinois. The U.S. Senate is poised to consider aid for both Israel and Ukraine this week. Illinois state officials are working to reduce disparities that make Black women […]

New facility in Decatur makes animal feed ingredients from insects

A new facility that raises fly larvae for animal feed has opened in Decatur.

Governor J-B Pritzker helped cut the ribbon Thursday for the North American Insect Innovation Center, built by the French biotech company Innovafeed SAS.

The 10,000 square foot facility, with a staff of ten, is the company’s first facility in the Americas. And it is a precursor to a much larger growing and manufacturing plant, with 100 to 300 employees, that Innovafeed plans to build adjacent to the current facility over the next two years.

217 Today: The ancient farming practice that’s getting a new life — and reducing emissions

Monday, April 22, 2024 Today’s headlines:  Illinois is, once again, home to a federally recognized tribal nation. Young adults incarcerated in Illinois prisons could soon have access to educational opportunities and mental health services. On Saturday, Crystal Lake Park in Urbana was filled with people learning about ecology ahead of Earth Day.  The Fighting Illini […]

Central Illinois Headlines – April 22, 2024

Illinois is now home to a federally-recognized tribal nation DEKALB – Illinois is, once again, home to a federally recognized tribal nation. 175 years ago, Potawatomi Chief Shab-eh-nay left his home in DeKalb County to visit family in Kansas. He returned home to find the U.S. government had illegally sold 1,280 acres of his northern […]

WILL Call: What’s Happening in Champaign-Urbana Apr. 18 – Apr. 23

Listen to Kimberly Schofield and Adelyn Mui talk about weekend events on IPM News AM 580 and FM 90.9 – Wednesdays at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m., and Thursdays at 5:44 p.m. Ebertfest at Virginia Theatre        Date & Time: Thursday, April 18th – Saturday, April 20th        Location: Virginia Theatre, downtown […]

Music, physics and theater professors at UIUC are launching a new art and science collective

A performance about a journey of two voyagers exploring the quantum realm has inspired a group of professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to launch a new art and science collective. In 2018, physics professor Smitha Vishveshwara and theater professor Latrelle Bright created an interdisciplinary performance called “Quantum Voyagers,” which presents the story […]

Movie filmed in Champaign premiering at Eberfest

Two women in a care

CHAMPAIGN – Christine Swanson, has been writing, directing, and producing films for over 25 years, but her latest film was shot primarily in Champaign, IL. Albany Road premieres at Ebertfest this Saturday, April 20th, at 4pm at the Virginia Theatre. Swanson spoke with Morning Edition host Kimberly Schofield about the film, what it’s like to […]

217 Today: A new voice is hitting the airwaves for Illinois Public Media’s “Dialogue”

Friday, April 19, 2024 Today’s headlines: Patient advocates are backing an effort led by Governor J.B. Pritzker to ban junk insurance plans in Illinois. Some Illinois mayors are pushing back against Governor J.B. Pritzker’s idea to cut the state’s one percent grocery tax. The Illinois Senate passed legislation this week aimed at supporting local media in […]

Central Illinois Headlines – April 19, 2024

Storms cause damage in central Illinois Clean-up is underway after severe storms caused damage in parts of Central Illinois on Thursday night. The National Weather Service in Central Illinois issued Tornado Warnings in Lawrence, Effingham, Jasper, and Macon Counties. The Illinois State Police reported property damage along I-72 in Macon County. WCIA-TV reports it was farm […]