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217 Today: Graduating Illinois seniors faced a disrupted high school experience from COVID-19

WNIJ talked with soon-to-be grads at three northern Illinois high schools about how the pandemic impacted their high school experience.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Friday was supposed to be the last session day for Illinois lawmakers. But, it’ll take longer to push a state budget over the finish line.

  • Illinois lawmakers passed a measure Thursday that would allow unlimited punitive damages in wrongful death lawsuits.
  • A 27-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty will be installed at the National Building Arts Center in the Metro East.
  • A bipartisan bill putting line-of-duty pensions for campus police on the same level as municipal police has been sent to Governor Pritzker’s desk.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the high school experience of graduating Illinois seniors.

Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Mawa Iqbal, Sarah Fentem, Jim Meadows and Peter Medlin.


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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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