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217 Today: Schools invest in security and technology in case of shootings

Northern Illinois residents -- led by students -- held an “End Gun Violence” rally in Naperville just days after the tragic murder of 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • The state of Illinois is investing an additional $10 million in Israeli government Bonds.
  • New legislation in Springfield could change how cannabis gets from grow facilities to dispensaries.
  • The Fighting Illini football team defeated the Maryland Terrapins 27-to-24 Saturday.
  • More than 250 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students were placed in temporary housing due to a housing shortage. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how schools are using new safety technology and training to prepare for shootings.

Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Alex Degman, Elissa Eaton, Colin Hislope and Peter Medlin.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday afternoon, 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.