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217 Today: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to increase Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes in Illinois for the fourth time in recent years —something the state’s long-term care facility industry has been begging for. But, Illinois’ largest nursing home trade group has big objections to the plan.

  • Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging children in grades four through 12 to participate in the 2022 “Letters About Literature in Illinois.”

  • A defense attorney from Illinois fears vigilantes will be emboldened by the not-guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll head to Columbia, Missouri to see how they are trying to counter the continuing rise in opioid overdose deaths.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Yvonne Boose, Reginald Hardwick and Sebastián Martínez Valdivia.

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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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