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217 Today: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

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Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • President Joe Biden Thursday praised Governor JB Pritzker’s vaccine mandates for Illinois teachers, healthcare workers and certain state employees during a visit to Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

  • Lawmakers can’t really control the spread of misinformation on Facebook, but, they can try to break up the social media giant, according to University of Illinois journalism professor Nikki Usher.

  • A new, female-owned bookstore, bar and coffee shop called “The Literary” has opened in downtown Champaign.

  • Three more Champaign County residents have died of COVID-19. The countywide death toll is up to 196.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll get an update on how Illinois is doing in getting money to the K-12 schools in the state that need it most.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Emily Hays, Haley Bickelhaupt and Peter Medlin.

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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