The 217 Today Podcast

Friday, December 17, 2021


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December 17, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Despite increasing cases of COVID-19, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he's not planning to implement new restrictions on gatherings or businesses.

  • The new year will bring higher Ameren bills because of a rate hike recently approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

  • Two bus stops are getting upgrades as part of a settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into accessibility at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

In today's deep dive, we'll learn more about the challenges that students faced with remote learning last year -- including that one in five Illinois students was chronically absent.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Kevin Boucher, Emily Hays and Peter Medlin.