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217 Today: Former Central Illinois U.S. Representative Tim Johnson dies at age 75

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Work continues unwinding some Illinois pension funds from Russian assets. 
  • Behavioral health co-responders will work with law enforcement in four Illinois cities as part of a slate of public safety bills Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Tuesday.
  • Asian-American authors are visiting Champaign-Urbana schools all month for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
  • Middle Eastern and North African students at the University of Illinois are making plans to open a new cultural house in the fall.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a look back at the life and career of former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson who died Monday at the age of 75.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Tim Shelley, Emily Hays, Neshmia Malik and Charlie Schlenker.

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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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