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217 Today: Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021


Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois lawmakers have increased funding to the state’s child welfare budget for the last few years, but those on the ground say that money hasn’t helped a system in crisis.

  • A University of Illinois lab is turning modified sugar cane into fuel. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, visited the lab on Thursday to see how this fits into the future of renewable energy.

  • More than a dozen people spoke out in Danville Thursday night at a public meeting to discuss cleanup of three coal ash sites in Vermilion County.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about our next News, Brews and Beatz event, discussing solutions to the problem of gun violence in our community. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Emily Hays, Tinisha Spain and Reginald Hardwick.

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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