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217 Today: NASCAR race will shut down the streets of Chicago this weekend

NASCAR is coming to Chicago July 1-2 for its first-ever street course race on a 2.2-mile course around Grant Park. Here's what you need to know about race weekend.

Friday, June 30, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Widespread damage is reported after severe storms blew across Central Illinois on Thursday.
  • Illinois officials reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday striking down affirmative action in college admissions.
  • Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration says the amount of money being spent to staff migrant shelters is “unjustifiable.”
  • Facebook parent Meta is now getting energy from a wind farm that recently went online in DeWitt County in central Illinois. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about the NASCAR race coming up this weekend in Chicago.

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Mawa Iqbal, Eric Stock and Mariah Woelfel.


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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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