The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Monday March 22, 2021

 
Messages are posted in a wall of solidarity by people participating at a rally

Messages are posted in a wall of solidarity by people participating at a rally "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence outside the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles Saturday, March 13, 2021. Damian Dovarganes/AP

Monday March 22, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker’s administration announced expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in the next three weeks to certain groups of workers.

  • The Illinois House last week approved extending the use of electoral drop-boxes and curbside voting indefinitely. However, critics say the proposal could lead to election security issues.

  • The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team is out of the NCAA Tournament. Eighth-seeded Loyola-Chicago knocked off top seed Illinois 71-58 on Sunday in the second round.

In today's deep dive, Anti-Asian violence has been building over the past year. We find out how this is affecting the Asian-American community in central Illinois from Illinois Newsroom's Christine Herman.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Derek Cantu, Rob McColley, and Christine Herman.