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217 Today: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

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.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a 2024 graduate of the University of Illinois. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter focusing on police and investigative stories.

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