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217 Today: Wednesday May 26, 2021

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus' health care law.

Wednesday May 26, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois’ constitution mandates the legislature re-draw their own district boundaries every decade, the year after a Census, but the state’s judicial districts haven’t been touched since the early 1960s.

  • The Illinois Senate Tuesday voted to repeal a 1989 law criminalizing the transmission of HIV.

  • It’s been one year since George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. Black Lives Matter activists in Illinois are reflecting on what has and hasn’t changed since then.

  • Hundreds of first responders attended the visitation for a Champaign police officer Chris Oberheim Tuesday in Decatur. Authorities say Oberheim was shot and killed last week while responding to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex on North Neil St.

In today’s deep dive, in the wake of the George Floyd murder and the following protests, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus drafted a series of reforms centered on creating more equity in several areas including health care.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Cronin, and Maureen McKinney.

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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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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