The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Monday April 26, 2021

 
About 200 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember those who died in the mass shooting at a FedEx facility.

About 200 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember those who died in the mass shooting at a FedEx facility. Allen Mbathi/IPB News

Monday April 26, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health told local health departments and providers over the weekend that they could resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois plans to push policing reform this week in the wake of the Derek Chauvin murder conviction.

  • A regional children's hospital is working to equip Illinois teachers to support student mental health and wellbeing.

  • Champaign County surpassed 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend. The number of active cases is 439, down from a recent peak of 488 on Friday.

In today's deep dive, in the wake of a recent mass shooting in Indianapolis, we look at the difficulty in accessing emergency mental health services.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Eric Stock, Christine Herman, and Carter Barrett.