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217 Today: Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

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Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

Today’s headlines: 

  • Governor JB Pritzker’s effort to immediately shut down a promised wave of lawsuits challenging COVID vaccine mandates has come to the end of the road in Springfield. 

  • Urbana residents are voicing concerns this week about the city’s plan to install roadside devices that could read the license plates of anyone who drives by.

  • Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reports 33 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the lowest number since late July. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with an Eastern Illinois University professor and American Baptist minister about COVID-19 misinformation among white evangelicals and what can be done to counter it. This is part of “Who’s in Charge of The News?” from Illinois Public Media. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel and Justin Malone.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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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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