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217 Today: Performance at Krannert this weekend pays tribute to civil rights movement through jazz

Friday, April 29, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • A new “report card” from the American Society of Civil Engineers has rated Illinois’ infrastructure a C-minus, and calls it “mediocre and in need of attention.”
  • A University of Illinois research team has discovered a new, faster chemical reaction that can help produce medicine.
  • A union representing graduate assistants and other employees at the University of Illinois held its third bargaining session with university administrators last night.
  • An in-person Illinois Marathon event is returning after two years of being canceled because of the pandemic, but it will be in a somewhat altered form.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with University of Illinois associate professor of voice Barrington Coleman ahead of a performance Sunday night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Caroline Kubzansky, Luis Velasquez, Madison Holcomb, and Neshmia Malik.

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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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