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217 Today: Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. seeks reelection in April

Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr., in a 2020 photo taken at his office.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard expects heavy rainfall in the central Illinois area Thursday.
  • An Illinois lawmaker is sponsoring a measure to look into a state program that was the subject of a recent investigation.
  • Political hiring continues to be a focus in the bribery trial of four former ComEd executives and lobbyists.
  • An annual program that helps Kindergarten and first-grade students with their math and reading skills is underway in the Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana School Districts.
  • Both men’s and women’s Junior college basketball teams from Danville Area Community College are playing in national tournaments Thursday. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation between Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows and Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr ahead of the April mayoral election.

Reporting today contributed by Kristen Schorsch, Dave McKinney, Luis Velasquez 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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