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217 Today: University of Illinois medical students gather items to send Ukrainian refugees

Friday, March 18, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The head of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services has been held in contempt of court for the seventh time in three months.
  • A professor at the University of Illinois Springfield campus says the rapid switch to all-remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult for students and faculty alike — but also came with rewards.
  • As members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees filed in for their bi-monthly meeting yesterday morning, university workers rallied outside, demanding fair union contracts.
  • The Illini men’s basketball team opens NCAA tournament play tomorrow night, and head coach Brad Underwood says they’re as healthy as they’ve been since June.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about a local effort by University of Illinois medical students to send donated items to Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Jim Meadows, Dana Cronin, Reginald Hardwick and Haley Bickelhaupt.

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Farrah Anderson

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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