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217 Today: Danville’s new abortion restriction could trigger a legal showdown

Protestors wait for the Danville City Council meeting to start on Tuesday, May 2. The council passed an ordinance outlawing the shipping of abortion medication and tools into the city.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Democratic state lawmakers in Illinois are trying to combat book bans in public libraries.
  • Amtrak trains traveling between St. Louis and Chicago are trying out a new schedule to create a shorter overall travel time.
  • University of Illinois police say they plan to install a new system on campus to detect gunshots.
  • Seven people died and more than 35 were hospitalized during a dust storm this week along Interstate-55 in Divernon.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about a city ordinance passed in Danville this week that could result in a legal showdown over abortion rights.

Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Jonathan Ahl, Elissa Eaton, Mae Antar and Farrah Anderson.

Farrah Anderson

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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