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217 Today: Spanish-speaking families face language barriers within families

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois’ former public health director told federal lawmakers on Wednesday that required paid time off is a good policy, especially during a pandemic.
  • The percentage of Asian-American lawmakers in the state legislature has increased sharply in recent years, but the rate still lags behind the general population.
  • The Urbana school board will reconsider in January how to establish one fully dual-language elementary school for Spanish and English.
  • People looking to buy a Christmas tree this year might notice they’re in tight supply, and it’s partly due to drought.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about language barriers within families in C-U’s Latinx community.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Eric Stock, Emily Hays, Xcaret Nunez and Jacqueline Barba.

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Sydney Wood

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