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217 Today: Monday, Oct. 25, 2021

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Monday, Oct. 25, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Democrats who control the General Assembly are preparing to approve new political boundary lines this week for the next 10 years of congressional elections in Illinois.

  • Federal regulators are set to decide soon whether to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Local providers are getting ready.

  • Farmers across the Midwest appear on track for record-high harvests despite a year of extreme weather.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll look at two newspapers in Ford County– one that just started last year, and another that ended publication last month. This coverage is part of “Who’s In Charge of The News?” where Illinois Public Media is bringing you special coverage of the decline of newspapers, the increase of misinformation and the story by ownership of local TV and newspapers.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Tim Shelley, Dana Cronin and Jim Meadows. 

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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