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217 Today: Illinois is looking to overhaul how kids learn to read

Chicago educator Tinaya York is hopeful a new literacy blueprint for Illinois can make a difference in classrooms across the state.

October 25, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • A measure that would allow Illinois legislative employees to unionize is moving forward at the statehouse.
  • More pregnant people in Illinois are dying and most deaths may be preventable, according to a new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Chicago Public Schools is transitioning to an elected school board. Lawmakers in Springfield are pushing a measure during this week’s legislative session to get board members paid.
  • A play described as a combination of children’s writer Judy Blume and the movie Rambo opens at the Station Theatre in Urbana tomorrow night.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll listen to a conversation with Tinaya York about her experience writing the first draft of a new Illinois literacy plan.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Alex Degman, Kristen Schorsch, Mawa Iqbal, Owen Henderson and Mary Dixon.

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National Weather Service forecast map for June 13, 2024

Severe storms possible Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.