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Matrellian "Duck" Gibson, 23, participates in a violence prevention program organized by FirstFollowers, in the off seasons of his basketball career. Champaign is supporting FirstFollowers with American Rescue Plan dollars. Emily Hays/Illinois Public Media

Monday, September 19, 2022

Today's headlines:

  • The Safe-T act introduces a wide range of reforms to Illinois' criminal justice system. This includes the controversial elimination of cash bail in January 2023.
  • Several states that have completed federal consent decrees may offer ways Illinois could improve its child welfare system.
  • On Sept. 28, the White House will hold its first hunger, nutrition and health conference in more than 50 years.
  • Severe storms early Monday brought hail, heavy rain and high winds through central Illinois.

In today's deep dive, we’ll take a closer look at how cities have been spending money from the American Rescue Plan Act.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Eric Stock, Tim Shelley, Dana Cronin and Emily Hays.