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217 Today: Cicadas were mostly quiet in Chicago, but a real buzzkill for a few city residents

A cicada is emerging from its nymph exoskeleton on tree in Beverly. In the span of seven hours, it’s new tough exterior and pair of wings take shape.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Today’s headlines:

  • Although Juneteenth falls on Wednesday of next week, many central Illinois communities will celebrate the historical moment this weekend.
  • The woman accusing Terrence Shannon Jr. of rape took the stand in his trial yesterday.
  • Jacqueline Teague is the new principal of Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe versus Wade almost two years ago and Planned Parenthood of Illinois has since seen a nearly 50% uptick in abortions provided at their clinics.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how people in various areas of Chicago are coping with the overwhelming number of cicadas.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Anulika Ochuba, Reginald Hardwick, Emily Hays, Mawa Iqbal and Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco.

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Stephanie Mosqueda

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