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217 Today: Friday, June 18, 2021

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • State government offices, including driver services facilities, will be closed today to observe Juneteenth, which President Joe Biden signed off on making a federal holiday yesterday.

  • More students will be prepped to enter the cannabis industry thanks to a new class offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Uniting Pride of Champaign County is continuing their Pride Month related events this weekend with a queer clothing swap.

  • All vaccinated Illinoisans are eligible for $10 million dollars in either cash prizes or scholarships in a COVID-19 vaccine lottery the state launched Thursday.

In today’s deep dive, we learn about a new book that documents the punk rock scene in Peoria in the 1980s and ’90s.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Cronin, Carolina Garibay and Tim Shelley.

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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