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217 Today: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • After passing a major criminal justice reform law earlier this year, Democrats in Springfield are pushing for more progressive ideas, like allowing prisoners to vote and expanding parole. But Republicans are pushing back.

  • From now through next Friday, Champaign County residents who have failed to pay fines related to traffic tickets, D-U-I’s and various criminal offenses can pay them off without late-payment fees as a part of the Champaign Circuit Court’s annual Amnesty Event.

  • In three Urbana elementary schools, most students take COVID-19 tests once a week. We take a closer look.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how one Indiana community is redefining emergency medical services by trying to prevent emergencies altogether. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Olivia Vamos, Emily Hays and Carter Barrett.

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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