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217 Today: Federal judge holds Illinois Department of Corrections accountable for poor prison conditions

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The Illinois State Fair kicks off on Thursday in Springfield.
  • Leaders of a new clinic opening next month in Carbondale hope they can fill a need for residents in the region and in surrounding states.
  • Circuit judge elections don’t receive much attention, but they touch many lives. We look at the election for sixth circuit judge. 
  • The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said there have been no additional cases of monkeypox connected to an infected worker reported last week at a Rantoul daycare facility.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear how a federal judge in Chicago has entered an order of contempt against the Illinois Department of Corrections for its failures to provide healthcare for incarcerated people.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Jennifer Fuller, Harrison Malkin, Jim Meadows and Melba Lara.

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