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217 Today: Illinois’ New Philadelphia becomes a national park

A historic photograph showing the children of Hiley McWorter and Alexander Clark circa 1872 on April 12 at the New Philadelphia National Historic Site in western Illinois.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • The Illinois Senate has passed a state budget after multiple delays.
  • Officials delayed action on a plan to tap $51 million dollars to assist thousands of asylum seekers living in Chicago city shelters.
  • A longtime state social service agency — with a large presence in central Illinois — is changing its name.
  • According to the National Abortion Federation, attacks on abortion clinics have been rising in states that protect abortion rights, like Illinois since 2022.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about New Philadelphia, which recently became the nation’s 424th national park.

Reporting today contributed by Camryn Cutinello, Tessa Weinberg Michelle Steinbacher, Farrah Anderson and Marissanne Lewis-Thompson.

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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