The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Friday May 21, 2021

 
A socially distanced audience watches the Lyric Theatre department’s production of “The Last American Hammer” in the Krannert Center’s amphitheater. The show combined bluegrass music and opera for a story about a conspiracy theorist and a dying community in rural Ohio.

A socially distanced audience watches the Lyric Theatre department’s production of “The Last American Hammer” in the Krannert Center’s amphitheater. The show combined bluegrass music and opera for a story about a conspiracy theorist and a dying community in rural Ohio. Owen Henderson/WILL Student Newsroom

Friday, May 21, 2021

  • A police processional escorted the body of a slain Champaign police officer Thursday from Urbana to Decatur.

  • Sex education teaching standards would be updated in Illinois under a bill that passed the State Senate Thursday.

  • A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to reopen the state's unemployment offices to the public after they've been closed for over a year due to the pandemic.

  • The Champaign County Board voted 14 to 7 along party lines Thursday night to approve a new county board district map to be used for the next decade.

In today's deep dive, the increase of vaccinations has led to the re-emergence of live theater performances in Champaign-Urbana. 

217 Today is produced by Carolina Garibay. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Christine Hatfield, Derek Cantù, and Owen Henderson.