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217 Today: 23-year-old Nabeela Syed will be one of the youngest ever members in the Illinois General Assembly

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois will soon be able to offer protections to healthcare providers and patients coming to the state for abortion and gender-affirming care.
  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a statewide assault weapons ban into law, becoming the ninth state with such a measure.
  • The first session of the new Illinois General Assembly begins on Wednesday, and lawmakers will start off the year with higher wages.
  • A lawmaker appointed to a state senate seat in central Illinois calls himself a second amendment advocate and said he does not support the assault weapons ban that the governor just signed.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll meet the youngest member of the new Illinois General Assembly, 23-year-old Nabeela Syed.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Alex Degman, Emily Hays and Eric Stock.

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Sydney Wood

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