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217 Today: Definitions of ‘rural’ stop many small towns from getting grant money

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Most school districts in Illinois say they don’t have enough teachers, according to a new survey.

  • A Department of Children and Family Services supervisor said employees need more training on how to deal with difficult situations after a case worker was killed last month during a home visit near Springfield.

  • Environmental groups in Illinois are pushing for legislation that would ban the incineration of toxic chemicals.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how the definition of the word “rural” has lasting consequences for small towns across the country.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Susie An, Eric Schmid and Jonathan Ahl.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.