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217 Today: Russian invasion of Ukraine is just one reason for rising gas prices, Illinois expert says

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Democrats are floating Chicago as a potential host city for their party’s 2024 national convention.
  • The Illinois State Board of Education plans to award $4 million in grants to increase the number of bilingual educators in the state.
  • Unit 4 reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night on a four-year contract with the Champaign Federation of Teachers to avert a strike.
  • The Boneyard Arts Festival is back for its 20th anniversary in Champaign County this weekend.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from a University of Illinois economics professor why the Russian invasion of Ukraine is just one reason for rising gas prices. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Dave McKinney, Eunice Alpasan, Emily Hays, Hannah Lonergan and Brendyn Jones.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.