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217 Today: Friday, July 2, 2021

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Friday July 2, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Drivers in Illinois will no longer have their licenses suspended because of unpaid fines, under a law that took effect Thursday.

  • A Bloomington attorney and Lincoln scholar is giving an 1854 letter Lincoln wrote to a Peoria Attorney to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Presidential Museum in Springfield.

  • Only one out of every 20 farmland acres in the Corn Belt has cover crops planted.

  • Eastern Illinois University in Charleston announced that every student taking in-person classes this fall will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In today’s deep dive, In today’s deep dive, a 2019 study shows that LGBTQ+ youth in foster care are at higher risk for abuse and harassment than those not in foster care. We’ll learn what the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is doing to try to change that. 

Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Charlie Schlenker, Dana Cronin and Carolina Garibay.

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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