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Friday, April 23, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinoisans who want to own guns would have to be fingerprinted before getting or renewing their concealed carry license under a measure advancing in the Illinois House.

  • The Illinois House Thursday night voted unanimously to pass a measure ending the use of isolation time out rooms in schools and banning restraining children while on their stomachs.

  • For the second straight year, Muslims in the Champaign-Urbana community is observing Ramadan in the middle of a pandemic.

  • Public health officials in Champaign-Urbana reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The number of active cases in the county fell by more than a hundred to 320.

In today’s deep dive, we look at a new program that aims to close the racial achievement gap in Champaign Unit 4 Schools.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jose Zepeda, and Jim Meadows.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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Brian Moline

Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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