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217 Today: University of Illinois music ensemble embraces their Latin American culture

Grupo Illini practices inside the basement of Smith Memorial Hall.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court says Illinois can – for now – keep in place a new law that bans the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines. 
  • A working group will present a rough draft of a new statewide literacy plan to the Illinois State Board of Education next month.
  • A Normal, Illinois woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in Urbana, to buying the gun that was used to kill Champaign Police Officer Christopher Oberheim.
  • The former Undergraduate Library on the University of Illinois Urbana campus is getting a new name.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about a music ensemble at the University of Illinois that’s embracing their Latin American culture.

 Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Camryn Cutinello, Jim Meadows, Farrah Anderson and Luis Velazquez.

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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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