The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday, August 26, 2021


Angela Kerndl/Illinois Newsroom

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to reestablish a statewide mask mandate and announce vaccine mandates for school staff.

  • The head of the Illinois State Police says they've made substantial progress in catching up with a backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence.

  • An Illinois state senator discusses the impact of pending nuclear plant closures.

  • Two more Champaign County residents have died of COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll to 174.

In today's deep dive, we hear from several University of Illinois students about how they're feeling as they resume in-person classes this week.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, Peter Medlin and Carolina Garibay.