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217 Today: Illinois city looks to bring people together through arts and culture

Participants gather before the Rockford Region Cultural Plan meeting.

May 24, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • A northern Illinois man accused of driving his car into a building proposed for use as an abortion clinic in Danville, missed his federal court appearance yesterday.
  • An investigation by the state attorney general found the Catholic Church in Illinois did not report hundreds of priests and other clergy members credibly accused of sexual abuse.
  • A new state plan is aimed at bolstering the ranks of healthcare workers in rural areas across Illinois.
  • Scientists say a dust storm that killed eight motorists along I-55 earlier this month underscores the dangers of soil erosion.

In today’s deep dive, we hear about how the residents and organizations of Rockford are coming together to create a plan addressing cultural equity.

Reporting today contributed by Farrah Anderson, Camryn Cutinello, Eric Stock, Sarah Nardi and Yvonne Boose.

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Owen Henderson

Owen Henderson

Owen Henderson covers arts and entertainment and LGBTQ issues for Illinois Newsroom. He’s a recent graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has worked with Illinois Public Media in various capacities since 2021.

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