The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday April 6, 2021

 
Jamel Hill and his family are praying as they wait for Match Day announcement.

Jamel Hill and his family are praying as they wait for Match Day announcement. Farah Yousry/Side Effects Public Media

Tuesday April 6, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Voters are choosing candidates Tuesday for local offices from mayor to school board. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

  • Gov. JB Pritzker stopped in Champaign on Monday to discuss money coming to schools from the American Rescue Plan Act.

  • Republican Congressman Rodney Davis is calling for the governor to live up to campaign promises surrounding legislative redistricting.

  • State public health officials reported more than 2100 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. The seven-day rolling case positivity rate remains steady at 3.8%.  

In today's deep dive, medical school is challenging for everyone, but Black students can face an especially difficult road. We get a closer look from Side Effects Public Media's Farah Yousry.

Reporting today contributed by Lee Gaines, Jim Meadows, and Farah Yousry.