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217 Today: A new report reveals the number of Illinoisians who signed up for a far-right militia group

Friday, September 9, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial candidate now has a positive TV ad running statewide, but it didn’t come until nearly two months before the general election.
  • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said his staff has been unable to coordinate with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s staff as groups of migrants have appeared in Chicago by bus.
  • This Sunday marks 21 years since the September 11 attacks that killed thousands of Americans.
  • The longest-serving current member of the Champaign City Council says he won’t seek re-election next April.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll look at a new report from the Anti-Defamation League, which reveals how many Illinoisans – and elected officials – signed up with the far-right group, the Oath Keepers.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Dana Cronin and Tim Shelley.

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