The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021


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Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • As energy negotiations continue in Springfield, renewable energy entrepreneurs say each day that goes by means a less certain future for their businesses.

  • U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is indicating support for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren, once vaccines are authorized for those under 12.

  • In-person campus tours resumed Tuesday at the University of Illinois, 16 months after they were stopped in the early days of the pandemic.

  • The University of Illinois has set new enrollment records on two of its three campuses, and system wide.

In today's deep dive, the Illinois House returns to Springfield Thursday to take up massive energy legislation. We get a preview of those discussions.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, Gwyn Skiles, and Tony Arnold.