The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Friday May 14, 2021

 
The sun rises over Clinton Lake each morning as the crew unloads the boats to get on the water. The Illini rowing team leaves campus at 4:50 a.m. to get to practice.

The sun rises over Clinton Lake each morning as the crew unloads the boats to get on the water. The Illini rowing team leaves campus at 4:50 a.m. to get to practice. Amanda Brennan/WILL Student Newsroom

Friday May 14, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Gov. JB Pritzker's office is shielding itself from blame in the massive COVID outbreak at a state-run veterans' home that killed 36 residents last fall.

  • Six Flags Great America is offering 50,000 free tickets for newly vaccinated Illinoisans in an effort to rev up the state's stalled COVID vaccination progress.

  • The University of Illinois' new solar farm outside of Savoy is entering its final phase of construction.

  • The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is offering a walk-in clinic with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at its office on Friday from 8:30a.m. to 3p.m.

In today's deep dive, we spend a morning with the Illini rowing team at Clinton Lake. WILL student reporter Amanda Brennan takes us there.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, and Amanda Brennan.