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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • State employees who work in congregate settings like prisons and group homes for adults with disabilities have until the end of the day today to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. But despite progress with Illinois’ largest public employee union, Governor JB Pritzker has reached an impasse on negotiations over his vaccine mandate’s application to 12,000 state workers.

  • Staffing shortages have left many schools, including Rockford Public Schools, with many empty classrooms and sporadic attendance if kids can’t get a ride to school.

  • The Champaign Unit 4 Board of Education decided on Monday to keep on AGB, the security company that has guarded Champaign middle and high schools since August.

  • The LaSalle County coroner says Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day, who disappeared before being found dead, died from drowning.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows speak with a Northwestern professor who has spent years researching areas with a shortage of news coverage. This is part of Illinois Public Media’s “Who’s in Charge Of The News” series where we’re exploring topics like news deserts and the changing journalism landscape. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin, Emily Hays and Jim Meadows.

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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.