The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday April 22, 2021

 
University of Illinois senior, Latrel Crawford, speaks during a protest to defund and abolition University of Illinois Police on the Urbana campus on Oct 1, 2020.

University of Illinois senior, Latrel Crawford, speaks during a protest to defund and abolition University of Illinois Police on the Urbana campus on Oct 1, 2020. Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

Thursday April 22, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Democrats in the Illinois House narrowly voted on Wednesday to decrease criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine.

  • The invasive jumping work is making an unwelcome debut in Central Illinois.

  • Illinois' climate is changing very rapidly, and there are more worrisome predictions for the future.

  • Another Champaign County resident has died due to COVID-19, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. That brings the county's death toll to 141.

In today's deep dive, student and faculty activists at the University of Illinois say they find themselved grappling with what the future holds for policing and race relations. That after the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial earlier this week.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Tim Shelley, Dana Cronin, and Farrah Anderson.