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217 Today: Friday, July 30, 2021

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois students with special needs will no longer have to immediately leave high school when they age out at 22.

  • In Rockford, officials recently shut down a longtime homeless encampment near the city’s downtown.

  • Health officials are sounding the alarm about counterfeit drugs, especially with large music festivals on the schedule this summer.

  • More than 50 businesses are moving ahead with their plans to sell Cannabis in Illinois.

In today’s deep dive, we learn about the ways the blood shortage is affecting some African Americans’ need for blood transfusions.

Reporting today contributed by Juan Pablo Ramirez Franco, Reginald Hardwick, Sean Crawford and Farah Yousry.

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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