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Friday, December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Despite increasing cases of COVID-19, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he’s not planning to implement new restrictions on gatherings or businesses.

  • The new year will bring higher Ameren bills because of a rate hike recently approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

  • Two bus stops are getting upgrades as part of a settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into accessibility at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about the challenges that students faced with remote learning last year — including that one in five Illinois students were chronically absent.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Kevin Boucher, Emily Hays and Peter Medlin.

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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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