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217 Today: The University of Illinois SHIELD saliva test company is winding down

University of Illinois student Zainab Yusuff-Akimbo helps administer SHIELD COVID tests in Urbana in May 2023.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • A new report from Northwestern University is documenting Illinois’ news deserts.
  • Even thousands of miles away from ongoing wars – experts say there’s evidence that children here are experiencing war-related trauma.
  • The Fighting Illini football team lost their final game of the season to the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, 45-to-43.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn what the team behind the COVID-19 saliva tests at the University of Illinois learned while it plans to close this winter.

Reporting today contributed by Dave McKinney, Clare Lane, Colin Hislope and Emily Hays.

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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