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217 Today: Friday January 8, 2021

 
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Some would soon break into the Capitol, leading to five deaths.

Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Some would soon break into the Capitol, leading to five deaths. Jose Luis Magana/AP

Friday January 8, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Thursday, the state of Illinois recorded its one millionth case of COVID-19. More than 17,200 Illinoisans have now died from the virus.

  • Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield today for the first time since May. At the top of their to-do list is addressing an ambitious agenda from Black legislators.

  • Illinois 16th District Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger is calling for President Trump’s removal from office.

  • Champaign County health officials announced two additional deaths due to the coronavirus today, bringing the total death toll to 92. The county also saw an increase of 122 COVID-19 cases, the most it’s seen so far in the new year.

In today's deep dive, a portion of The 21st Show's conversation with political commentator and best-selling author Jonathan Alter. He discusses the fallout from this week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Today's show produced by Brian Moline. Reporting contributed by Tony Arnold, Jenna Dooley, Dana Cronin, and The 21st Show.