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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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Stephanie Mosqueda

Stephanie Mosqueda

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