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Friday, December 17, 2021

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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.

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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