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217 Today: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

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Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a state disaster proclamation Monday for 28 Illinois counties hit by Friday’s severe storms. The proclamation gives the state and its emergency management agency the authority to provide resources to help storm victims.

  • Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey is the first in the GOP field to announce a running mate in his bid to unseat Governor J.B. Pritzker next year.

  • The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information on the final hours of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day who disappeared in August and was later found dead in a river.

  • A German Christmas Market in Urbana is running at full capacity for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with the new executive director of C-U at Home, which provides services to those living in Champaign-Urbana without a home. C-U at Home has been working to get winter shelters opened in time to keep people safe from the cold weather. They were scheduled to open Monday, but didn’t, due in part to staffing shortages.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Hannah Meisel, Reginald Hardwick, Haley Bickelhaupt and Dana Cronin.

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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