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217 Today: McLean County electric vehicle manufacturer CEO discusses plans to grow

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed next year’s state spending plan into law.
  • The city of Danville is making way for a new casino near Interstate 74 on the city’s east side after breaking ground Tuesday afternoon.
  • About 50 University of Illinois students marched in support of the Students for Justice in Palestine Monday night, after last week’s raid by Israeli police of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. 
  • Today kicks off the first day of Ebertfest – Champaign’s annual film festival named in honor of late University of Illinois alum and film critic Roger Ebert.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll a conversation with Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scalise about the McLean County company’s plans to retain and hire more workers as they scale up manufacturing.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Farrah Anderson, Neshmia Malik and Ryan Denham.

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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