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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Friday, August 27, 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • All Illinois teachers, school staff and college students will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before September 5th under a new mandate Governor JB Pritzker announced Thursday.

  • The three Republicans running for Illinois governor used words like tyrant and dictator, as they condemned Governor Pritzker’s new mask and vaccine mandates.

  • New research shows how the pandemic has changed the way we buy and consume food. 

  • There are just 15 open ICU beds in Region 6, including Champaign County, as of Thursday afternoon.

In today’s deep dive, Maureen McKinney takes a closer look at the new Illinois law that requires schools to teach Asian American history.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, Dana Cronin and Maureen McKinney.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.