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217 Today: Friday, August 6, 2021

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Educators are reacting to the state’s mask mandate for schools.

  • New bills signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker today will help provide feminine hygiene products to poor women as well as order public colleges and universities to offer the items in campus restrooms in Illinois.

  • Illini football and basketball fans will hear a new fight song joining the traditional music during the upcoming season.

  • Public health officials reported 86 new COVID-19 cases in Champaign County Thursday, the most since April 14.

In today’s deep dive, FarmFED Coop is a new cooperative that’s trying to help produce growers in Illinois scale up their operations. 

Reporting today contributed by Peter Medlen, Maureen McKinney, Reginald Hardwick and Dana Cronin.

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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