The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday January 14, 2021


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Thursday January 14, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • There is a new Speaker of the Illinois House. Democrat Chris Welch took over the job this Wednesday afternoon.

  • The Illinois General Assembly approved an expansive criminal justice package on the last day of the lame duck session. Under the proposal, the state will phase out cash bail as a requirement for someone to leave jail before their trial date.

  • Congressman Rodney Davis joined most other Republicans in voting against the impeachment of President Trump yesterday. 

  • Public health officials reported Champaign County’s 93rd death related to COVID-19 Wednesday

  • As of Wednesday, more than 77-hundred Champaign County residents ---or 4.5 percent of those eligible -- had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In today’s deep dive, doctors have seen an increase in depression-like symptoms in children during the COVID-19 pandemic. We get details from Side Effects Public Media.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Sean Crawford, Derek Cantu, Ryan Denham, and Darian Benson.