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217 Today: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Electric utility Commonwealth Edison says it’ll voluntarily issue a $21 million refund to customers after it admitted former executives and lobbyists engaged in a years-long bribery scheme.

  • With colder months ahead, there’s more farmers can do to protect their fields for future seasons. 

  • The Champaign City Council voted Tuesday night to install automated license-plate readers in parts of the city.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with one of the developers of a new curriculum that teaches Illinois middle school students about electricity.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Cronin and Charrice Jones.

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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