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217 Today: Indigenous art challenges stereotypes and displays modern culture at Spurlock Museum

Josh Atcheynum (Plains Cree) drew ledger art for a new exhibit at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Budget talks in Springfield are delayed once again, despite the governor and top legislative leaders announcing an agreement for a state spending plan.
  • This summer a state commission is set to release recommendations on a funding formula for public universities. But, Illinois has never had one.
  • A dust storm earlier this month that was caused by a combination of dry topsoil and farm activity highlights the need to protect against soil erosion.
  • Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signature is the only thing standing in the way of an abortion bill that prevents agencies from using deceptive anti-abortion measures from becoming law. 
  • The Immigrant Impact Task Force, a statewide effort to review and suggest methods that could help immigrants in Illinois, recently released a list of recommendations.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation about the work of indigenous artists being displayed in a new exhibit at the Spurlock Museum.

Reporting today contributed by Camryn Cutinello, Lisa Philip, Sarah Nardi, Mae Antar, Luis Velazquez and Emily Hays.



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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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