The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Monday May 17, 2021

 
Miku Morikuni and Katie Roscher spin for a photo during a graduation photoshoot. The two have been roommates for three years now and are as close as can be.

Miku Morikuni and Katie Roscher spin for a photo during a graduation photoshoot. The two have been roommates for three years now and are as close as can be. Sabrina Lee/WILL student newsroom

Monday May 17, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • With two weeks remaining in the General Assembly's spring session, lawmakers' attention will turn toward the state budget, and how to fill a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall.

  • City leaders in Champaign are calling for an end to gun violence, as the number of shooting incidents increases.

  • With the COVID-19 pandemic's end in sight, rates of food insecurity are on the decline.

  • The cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the University of Illinois, have relaxed masking requirements following updated guidance from the CDC.

In today's deep dive, we'll find out how some University of Illinois graduates felt about the modified commencement ceremonies held over the weekend.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, Dana Cronin, and Sabrina Lee.