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217 Today: Gambling addiction on the rise as access to betting options expands

FanDuel, DraftKings and other online gambling apps are displayed on a phone in San Francisco, Sept. 26, 2022.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Today’s headlines:

  • The Champaign County African American Heritage Trail unveiled two new signs on Monday honoring Black University of Illinois students.
  • Local Palestinians aren’t happy after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution last week declaring a common chant antisemitic.
  • Police officers will return to Champaign Unit 4 schools in the fall.
  • School counselors, psychologists and nurses in Illinois say there aren’t enough of them and things are getting worse.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about the cause and growing trend of gambling addictions.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by David Pierce, Mae Antar, Emily Hays, Alex Degman and Joe Deacon.

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