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217 Today: Friday March 12, 2021

 
One of the soccer fields at the Rantoul Family Sports Complex, scheduled to open in April.

One of the soccer fields at the Rantoul Family Sports Complex, scheduled to open in April. Rantoul Family Sports Complex/Facebook

Friday March 12, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois is set to receive several billion dollars from the so-called American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden signed into law Thursday afternoon.

  • Increasing numbers of faculty and students at the University of Illinois have been vaccinated for COVID-19, but they will still be required to get twice weekly COVID-19 testing, at least for now.

  • University of Illinois senior Sophia Byrd has been nominated for two Grammy awards. We hear from her ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday.

  • More than 38,000 people have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in Champaign County, which accounts for about 22% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear about the new Rantoul Family Sports Complex, scheduled to open next month on the village’s west side. Rantoul officials hope it will bring much needed economic development.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Cesar Sanchez, Farrah Anderson, and Jim Meadows.