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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.

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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