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217 Today: Danville mayor hopes new economic development will revitalize city

Friday, March 4, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Democrats are struggling with their messaging after the federal indictment of their longtime leader Michael Madigan.

  • The top infectious disease expert at the Champaign Urbana Public Health District says the governor’s recent decision to lift the mask mandate does not mean people should stop wearing masks.

  • The University of Illinois Police Department says the University of Illinois’ Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day celebration is fading as a major party weekend in Champaign-Urbana.

  • The Illinois men’s basketball team kept its hopes alive for a share of the Big Ten championship with a 60-55 win over Penn State Thursday in Champaign.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from Danville Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr. about economic development plans for the struggling city.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Dan Mihalopoulos, Beyza Vural, Emilio Reyes, Rob McColley and Tinisha Spain.

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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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