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217 Today: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

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.

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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