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217 Today: Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

 

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois lawmakers have increased funding to the state’s child welfare budget for the last few years, but those on the ground say that money hasn’t helped a system in crisis.

  • A University of Illinois lab is turning modified sugar cane into fuel. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, visited the lab on Thursday to see how this fits into the future of renewable energy.

  • More than a dozen people spoke out in Danville Thursday night at a public meeting to discuss cleanup of three coal ash sites in Vermilion County.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about our next News, Brews and Beatz event, discussing solutions to the problem of gun violence in our community. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Emily Hays, Tinisha Spain and Reginald Hardwick.

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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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