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217 Today: COVID emergency declaration ends, along with many testing resources

Zainab Yusuff-Akimbo has worked as a COVID tester with SHIELD Illinois since March 2023.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker isn’t pushing a laundry list of ethics reforms after last week’s convictions in the federal Commonwealth Edison bribery trial.
  • Four teenagers are being charged with the murder of off-duty Chicago police officer Areanah Preston.
  • A federal appeals court has affirmed the conviction of the leader of an anti-government militia from Ford County for masterminding the 2017 bombing of a Bloomington Minnesota mosque.
  • The Urbana schools superintendent revealed a plan this week to turn Wiley Elementary School into a sixth-grade center – almost certainly causing the redistricting of many elementary school students.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how the end of the COVID emergency declaration will impact local testing resources.

Reporting today contributed by Dave McKinney, Patrick Smith, Mae Antar, Jim Meadows and Emily Hays.


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Farrah Anderson

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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