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217 Today: Friday, July 9, 2021

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Provisions in a massive criminal justice reform bill pushed by Black Illinois lawmakers earlier this year began taking effect last week, but the state’s legislative Black Caucus has experienced fractures over something that didn’t end up in the law: ending qualified immunity for police officers.

  • Millions of rural residents across the Midwest are at risk of nitrate contamination in their drinking water but might not know it.

  • Lake Land College is giving kids the chance to express their creativity and practice their problem-solving skills with Camp Invention.

  • After nine years as Champaign Police Chief, Anthony Cobb is stepping down to take a job as deputy director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

In today’s deep dive, we learn how the Illinois National Guard is working to prevent cyber attacks in Illinois.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Cronin, Carolina Garibay and Dana Vollmer.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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