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217 Today: Friday, August 13, 2021

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on each state legislator to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That comes after a recent WBEZ survey of lawmakers.

  • A nearly stationary line of heavy thunderstorms brought flooding to parts of Champaign, Ford and McLean Counties Thursday.

  • Like other industries, the clean energy sector took a big employment hit during the pandemic.

  • Two more Champaign County residents have died of COVID-19, bringing the county death toll to 164. Public health officials reported 64 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. The number of active cases now sits at over 740, the highest total since mid-February. 

In today’s deep dive, we learn how farmers and ranchers could have a role in convincing their neighbors in rural areas to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Reporting today contributed by Tony Arnold, Jim Meadows, Dana Cronin and Christine Herman.

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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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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