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217 Today: Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois hasn’t officially authorized COVID vaccine booster doses for the general population, but nearly 1.5 million Illinoisans have already gotten theirs.

  • Illinois residents are quitting their jobs at a high rate during the pandemic. That’s leaving workforce shortages across a number of sectors that community colleges are trying to help fill.

  • School districts in Champaign and Urbana are considering installing metal detectors in response to a rise in youth violence. But a social science researcher says metal detectors are not as effective as more long-term prevention.

In today’s deep dive, in the middle of Native American Heritage Month, we bring you a conversation with Dr. Jacki Rand. She’s the first Associate Chancellor for Native Affairs at the University of Illinois.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin, Emily Hays 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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