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217 Today: Illinois students will be required to learn about Native American history, sovereignty, genocide and more

Native American students dance at a summer camp in Chicago.

July 31, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • People in Rantoul protested the police-involved shootings of two Black men earlier this year.
  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill aimed at reintegrating formerly incarcerated people.
  • A new audit is showing massive fraud tied to unemployment benefits paid out by Illinois during the pandemic.
  • The new president of the Illinois Association of School Administrators says school safety is his top priority for Illinois schools.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about a new Illinois bill that will require K-12 students to learn about Native American history.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Mae Antar, Mawa Iqbal, Dave McKinney, Tim Shelley and Peter Medlin.

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