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217 Today: WILL celebrates 100th anniversary with a look back at its first broadcasts

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois teachers and school staff who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are now eligible for paid sick leave for any virus-related days off.
  • The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is severely understaffed even as caseloads surge which means there are fewer investigators available to take on more cases.
  • Champaign teachers voted 76% to 24% to ratify their new contract rather than go on strike.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a look back at the beginning of WILL and its first broadcasts for the station’s 100th anniversary this week. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Caroline Kubzansky, Tim Shelley, Emily Hays and Jim Meadows.

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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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