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217 Today: Illinois schools say they lack guidance after finding high levels of lead in water

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike announced Tuesday she’s stepping down as director on March 14. 

  • Illinois schools are signing up for a new state tutoring initiative to help the students who struggled most in remote school.

  • The Illinois House has passed a measure to give school employees paid leave if they miss work due to a COVID-related shutdown — but only if they’re vaccinated.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how Illinois schools are tackling high levels of lead in their water. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Emily Hays and Peter Medlin.

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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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