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217 Today: Freeport High School students help fill in the gaps in local news

Freeport High School

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Today’s headlines: 

  • For the first time since the 19th century, a Native American tribe has sovereign authority over land in the state of Illinois.
  • The U.S. Senate is poised to consider aid for both Israel and Ukraine this week.
  • Illinois state officials are working to reduce disparities that make Black women more likely to die during pregnancy than white women.
  • Former Illini men’s basketball assistant coach Orlando Antigua is back with the Illini as associate head coach.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how high school students are trying to help fill in the gaps in local news coverage in Illinois.

Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Jim Meadows, Mawa Iqbal, Colin Hislope and Peter Medlin.

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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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