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217 Today: Local Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award winner advocates for formerly incarcerated people

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Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Candidates for county and state offices and judge seats in Illinois can start collecting signatures for the June primary. The state shortened the time to circulate petitions from 90 to 60 days because of the delay in approving new legislative maps.

  • Tens of thousands of Illinoisans are eligible for student loan relief as part of a nationwide settlement with private loan servicer Navient.

  • Danville students are learning remotely again Friday after a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases among both students and staff.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from James Corbin II — one of the honorees at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration this Sunday.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Eric Stock, Andrew Pritchard, Alex Degman, Emily Hays and Farrah Anderson.

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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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