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217 Today: A new law limits disposal of long-lasting chemicals in Illinois, but there are still challenges

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has appointed a new director of the state’s public health department.
  • Dr. Colleen McNicholas testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on what her clinic has experienced since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
  • Black facilities workers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have taken a major step in their legal efforts to end racial harassment on the job.
  • On Tuesday, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported its first probable case of monkeypox.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed a new law limiting the ways so-called “forever” chemicals can be disposed of in the state, but the sheer volume of these chemicals continues to present significant challenges.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Kristen Schorsch, Mawa Iqbal, Emily Hays, Harrison Malkin and Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco.


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Sydney Wood

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