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217 Today: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • After passing a major criminal justice reform law earlier this year, Democrats in Springfield are pushing for more progressive ideas, like allowing prisoners to vote and expanding parole. But Republicans are pushing back.

  • From now through next Friday, Champaign County residents who have failed to pay fines related to traffic tickets, D-U-I’s and various criminal offenses can pay them off without late-payment fees as a part of the Champaign Circuit Court’s annual Amnesty Event.

  • In three Urbana elementary schools, most students take COVID-19 tests once a week. We take a closer look.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how one Indiana community is redefining emergency medical services by trying to prevent emergencies altogether. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Olivia Vamos, Emily Hays and Carter Barrett.

Farrah Anderson

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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