The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Monday January 18, 2021


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Today’s headlines:

  • Despite warnings and preparations, mass protests did not erupt this weekend at the state Capitol building in Springfield.
  • The annual Champaign County Martin Luther King Junior Countywide Celebration was held Sunday – virtually, due to concerns about COVID-19.
  • Two of Illinois’ 11 regions became eligible to reopen indoor dining over the weekend, as they fell to the state’s lowest level of coronavirus mitigations.
  • Champaign County reported two deaths related to COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the virus to 97. There were 125 new COVID-19 cases in the county over the weekend.

In today’s deep dive, llinois is now a year into cannabis arrest expungements. Some counties have wiped away those records, while others are still working through the process.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Tim Shelley, and Jim Meadows.