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217 Today: Enter a classroom using virtual reality in higher education

Friday, February 2, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • The Illinois Attorney General’s office has filed a lawsuit against companies that make PFAS – a highly toxic group of chemicals.
  • The Illinois Mental Health Task Force launched its action plan Thursday to help the large percentage of people in the court system who struggle with mental health.
  • The Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously Thursday night against recommending a zoning permit for a wind turbine project. 
  • The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team lost at Michigan last night 74 to 57.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take you inside a classroom at Northern Illinois University that’s using virtual reality.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Indi Khera, Camryn Cutinello, Jim Meadows and Peter Medlin.


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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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