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217 Today: Champaign Police investigate ‘agency culture’ of not following domestic violence reporting laws

Champaign resident Rita Conerly holds chalk outside the Champaign Police Department building off University Avenue on September 28, 2023. Conerly wrote "Protect Women" outside the department's building after an officer failed to file a report after she made a call regarding domestic violence.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • House Republicans are threatening to deny further aid to Ukraine, and Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin warns that could put other countries at risk.
  • Illinois Democrats are criticizing the Biden administration for its plans to expand the Southern border wall.
  • Fighting Illini Hall of fame linebacker Dick Butkus was remembered and honored after his passing earlier this week at Friday’s Illinois football game against Nebraska.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about the impact when police officers fail to properly respond to domestic violence calls from a joint investigation between Illinois Public Media and the Invisible Institute. 

Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Mawa Iqbal, Colin Hislope and Farrah Anderson

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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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