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217 Today: University president discusses challenges facing small colleges after Lincoln College closure

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Champaign’s new police chief begins work in six weeks. City officials announced Wednesday that state police officer Timothy Tyler will take over the job on June 6.
  • University of Illinois campus police officers will take over patrols in the Campustown area of Champaign by October to help Champaign Police deal with a staffing shortage.
  • The superintendent of the Champaign County jail says the facility is under strain.
  • A rally is being held Thursday to demand that Parkland College fire a former Champaign police chief from his teaching position.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll speak with the president of Illinois Wesleyan University about how the closure of Lincoln College this spring underscores some of the challenges that small colleges and universities are facing.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Madison Holcomb and Charlie Schlenker.

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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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