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Friday, August 20, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • With a difficult governor’s race next year, Illinois GOP leaders face an uphill battle to unite the party behind one message.

  • Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he believes Americans would support maintaining a footprint of a few thousand soldiers in Afghanistan indefinitely to help keep the peace.

  • As Gibson City cleans up from last week’s flash flood, a special fund has been set up to help people pay for the damage.

  • As students move in to the University of Illinois Urbana campus, officials reported 17 new COVID-19 cases from testing conducted Tuesday, the highest number since late April.

In today’s deep dive, the second story in a three-part series looking at issues of sexual abuse at Covenant Fellowship Church in Urbana.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Eric Stock, Jim Meadows, Esther Yoon-Ji Kang and Susie An.

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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