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217 Today: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021

The Indy Steelers are a youth football team that has been training at Tarkington Park since 2000. The team feels like family to many of the kids around here. But park renovations left them with a smaller and bumpier area to train on.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021

Today’s Headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday banning employers with state contracts from paying sub-minimum wage to workers with developmental disabilities.

  • Northern Illinois University administrators say they’ve avoided COVID-19 outbreaks so far, even with the rise of the Delta variant.

  • After two months of slight declines, the Flash Index to the Illinois economy rose in September to 106-point-zero. That’s the sixth straight month of economic growth in the state.

  • Champaign County public health officials say a man in his 70s is the 193rd person in Champaign County to die of COVID-19.

In today’s deep dive, a new study from the Indiana University School of Public Health finds that there is more than a 16-year gap in how long people live in Indianapolis.

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


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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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