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217 Today: Dying and disabled Illinois prisoners kept behind bars, despite new medical release law

A year-and-a-half since the Coleman Act went into effect, an investigation by Injustice Watch and WBEZ found far fewer prisoners have been released under the law than expected.

Friday, Sept. 1, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The Fighting Illini football team opens the season at Memorial Stadium this Saturday against the Toledo Rockets.
  • New legislation aimed at bringing homelessness to “functional zero” is being implemented in Illinois – and Champaign County is no different.
  • Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias’s plan to cut down wait times at driver’s services facilities has officially started.
  • Illinois hasn’t allowed rent control since the late 90’s – but an idea in Springfield could change that.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about how some dying and disabled Illinois prisoners are still behind bars despite a new medical release law.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Colin Hislope, Mae Antar, Mawa Iqbal, Alex Degman, Shannon Heffernan and Carlos Ballesteros.

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