The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday January 26, 2021

 
 University of Illinois Police Officer Kyle Krickovich says he wants students advocating for the defunding and abolition of his police department to work with the agency to make it better.

University of Illinois Police Officer Kyle Krickovich says he wants students advocating for the defunding and abolition of his police department to work with the agency to make it better. Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

Tuesday January 26, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • The state of Illinois will be setting up more than two-dozen mass vaccination sites statewide in the coming weeks to facilitate the next phase of Coronavirus vaccine distribution. 

  • All high school sports will be allowed to play in regions that are in Phase 4 of Illinois’ COVID-19 reopening plan. Regions 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 now meet the criteria for looser restrictions.

  • The education reform bill passed the General Assembly during the lame duck session this month, and has been sent to the governor for his signature.

  • State public health officials reported fewer than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois Monday.

In today's deep dive, some activists want to eliminate sworn officers on college campuses. But what do campus police think? We hear the second in a three-part series from Illinois Newsroom’s Lee Gaines.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin, Jim Meadows, and Lee Gaines.