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217 Today: New Northwestern football coach fends off hazing allegation questions

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald stands on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in 2021. Northwestern fired Fitzgerald on Monday amid hazing allegations.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • This month could be the hottest to date globally. And researchers find the effects of climate change go beyond the physical.
  • President Biden signed a proclamation this week creating a national monument honoring Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till Mobley.
  • Chicago-based law firm The Thomas More Society has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a controversial new law cracking down on crisis pregnancy centers.
  • Temperatures are forecast to reach 97 degrees in the Champaign-Urbana area Friday – with heat index values of around 115 — leaving certain individuals more at risk of heat-related injuries.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about conversations about hazing allegations at Northwestern University at Big Ten Media Days. 

Reporting today contributed by Tim Shelley, Linda Kenyon, Mawa Iqbal, Mae Antar and Cheryl Rae Stout.


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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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