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217 Today: Rushville’s newly restored Wurlitzer organ is ‘such a gift from the donor’

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Jim Devitt (left) and Chris Trone, below stage with the Wurlitzer organ.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Today’s headlines:

  • There have been several measures aimed at protecting workers’ rights that have come before Illinois state lawmakers this Spring.
  • The Champaign County Board may censure its own county auditor tonight.
  • Former Texas Longhorn Defensive Back Terrance Brooks joined the Illinois football team earlier this week.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about a world-class musician going to a small western Illinois community to debut on a newly restored Wurlitzer pipe organ that dates back nearly a century.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Mae Antar, Colin Hislope and Rich Egger.

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Stephanie Mosqueda

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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.