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217 Today: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

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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.

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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