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217 Today: Friday May 21, 2021

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • A police processional escorted the body of a slain Champaign police officer Thursday from Urbana to Decatur.

  • Sex education teaching standards would be updated in Illinois under a bill that passed the State Senate Thursday.

  • A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to reopen the state’s unemployment offices to the public after they’ve been closed for over a year due to the pandemic.

  • The Champaign County Board voted 14 to 7 along party lines Thursday night to approve a new county board district map to be used for the next decade.

In today’s deep dive, the increase of vaccinations has led to the re-emergence of live theater performances in Champaign-Urbana. 

217 Today is produced by Carolina Garibay. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Christine Hatfield, Derek Cantù, and Owen Henderson. 

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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