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217 Today: Monday, Jan. 3, 2022

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Monday, Jan. 3, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Former President Donald Trump is getting involved in an Illinois Congressional primary contest, endorsing the state’s newest Republican over a ten-year veteran in Washington, D.C.

  • Today marks the start of Chicago’s new COVID-19 vaccination policy – businesses like gyms and restaurants are now required to ask patrons for proof of vaccination.

  • Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases over the holidays, the Champaign and Urbana school districts plan to resume in-person classes this week as scheduled.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear the first story in a three-part series from Side Effects Public Media on the search for answers about how COVID-19 swept through the nation’s meat processing facilities.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Adora Namigadde and Natalie Krebs.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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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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