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217 Today: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

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Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Wednesday for an abbreviated start to the session. Leaders canceled two days of session this week because of concerns over rising COVID-19 cases.

  • A northern Illinois health expert says most individuals forget about their mental health when making resolutions for the new year.

  • As COVID-19 hospitalizations reach a pandemic high, Carle Health has decided to delay non-emergency procedures.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear the third and final story in a series from Side Effects Public Media on how the pandemic continues to affect rural towns with meatpacking plants.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Tony Arnold, Yvonne Boose, Emily Hays and Natalie Krebs.

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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