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217 Today: Friday, June 18, 2021

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.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois. She’s a senior producer for the Illinois Student Newsroom and regularly covers arts and culture, education, and social justice issues affecting local communities. Along with her work for WILL, she was also the buzz Editor at The Daily Illini and hosts an arts and culture radio talkshow on WPGU 107.1 F.M.

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