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217 Today: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • The House passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill over the weekend. The bill is projected to send at least $17 billion to Illinois for things like roads and bridges, airports, public transit, broadband access, and water infrastructure.

  • Governor J.B. Pritzker appeared Monday on a panel with three other Democratic governors at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. 

  • Champaign substitute teachers can now earn at least $140 a day– a $30 raise over the previous base pay.

  • The University of Illinois Urbana campus has reported nearly 200 new cases of COVID-19 over the last week. That’s more than three times as many as the previous week and the test positivity rate on campus has nearly tripled over that period as well.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with the director of a new Illinois agency dedicated to reducing gun violence. The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention will help dole out a promised $250 million to violence prevention organizations over the next three years.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Tim Shelley, Hannah Meisel, Emily Hays and Patrick Smith.

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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