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217 Today: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois stopped licensing traditional midwives in the mid-1960s, and made the practice illegal in 1992. But on Tuesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law once again sanctioning midwifery outside of hospitals beginning next fall.

  • The Champaign City Council unanimously approved a blueprint on Tuesday for a plan which infuses $3.2 million in the first year into existing efforts from the housing authority, school district, reentry groups and more to curb rising gun violence.

  • A University of Illinois dorm’s tradition of singing through the phone, known as Dial-a-Carol, continues after dealing with the pandemic.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a look at the history and consequences of religious exemptions that are now being used to avoid COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Emily Hays, Luis Velazquez and Lauren Chapman.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a 2024 graduate of the University of Illinois. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter focusing on police and investigative stories.

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