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217 Today: Why are University of Illinois Chicago faculty on strike?

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • A judge in downstate Effingham County heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ new assault weapons ban.
  • The Illinois State Water Plan has been updated for the first time since 1984.
  • Plans for a third cannabis dispensary in Danville have been scrapped after the Danville City Council on Tuesday voted to deny a special use zoning permit to Parkway Dispensary.
  • The University of Illinois women’s basketball team lost 83-to-72 to 6th-ranked Indiana at home Wednesday night.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about why University of Illinois Chicago faculty have walked out of classrooms during a strike. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Indi Khera, Sarah Nardi and Lisa Philip.

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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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