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217 Today: Rape crisis centers protest budget cuts that will slash their funding

Dozens gather at the corner of Broadway Avenue in downtown Urbana for a rally that was held in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month by Champaign-Urbana rape crisis centers.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The state’s economy is still growing but at a slower rate. That’s according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index.
  • Naperville and the state of Illinois are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a challenge to local and state bans on high-powered firearms and large-capacity magazines.
  • Western Illinois University and Macomb community members came together for a peace rally in response to a recent act of local gun violence.
  • A battle over healthcare for undocumented immigrants is complicating Illinois state budget negotiations.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear about pending federal budget cuts that may result in significant reductions in services at Illinois rape crisis centers starting this summer.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Mawa Iqbal, Rich Egger, Alex Degman and Piper Pascarella. 

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Sydney Wood

Sydney Wood

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