The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Wednesday May 19, 2021

 
Drag queen Ceduxion Carrington cracks jokes while emceeing at a drag show in Clinton. She’s been performing for about 26 years.

Drag queen Ceduxion Carrington cracks jokes while emceeing at a drag show in Clinton. She’s been performing for about 26 years. Marissa Plecia/WILL Student Newsroom

Wednesday May 19, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • A lawsuit filed by 22 Illinois school districts alleges Gov. JB Pritzker is not doing enough to emphasize spending on education.

  • The ACLU of Illinois says a Black member of the Eastern Illinois University men's swim team is ending a lawsuit filed against police officers who mistakenly detained him.

  • Researchers at the University of Illinois say they've developed a new and faster COVID-19 test that's portable and affordable enough to use at home.

  • The Macon County Health Department is offering a Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and up on Wednesday.

In today's deep dive, a look at how the pandemic has changed the way drag performers in central Illinois build their audiences as live drag shows begin to return.

Reporting today contributed by Derek Cantu, Jim Meadows, and Marissa Plecia.