Illinois K-12 School Staff & Teacher Vaccine Mandate Goes Into Effect

Illinois’ vaccine mandate for K-12 teachers went into effect Monday after the deadline was postponed several weeks to allow staff time to get the shot. If educators are still unvaccinated, they need to be tested weekly. Rockford Education Association president Mel Gilfillan says they feel “very good” that their vaccination rate is around 80%. But […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: A union representing about 300 state employees has come to an agreement with Gov. JB Pritzker’s office on his vaccine mandate for frontline state workers. The governor says money to keep northern Illinois nuclear plants online was a necessary part of his efforts to move Illinois to full clean […]

217 Today: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans who use smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa are subject to new data protections under a law signed last month. More than 50 artists and local businesses gathered over the weekend for the Champaign-Urbana Black and African Arts Festival. In today’s deep dive, the University YMCA’s New American Welcome […]