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217 Today: Monday, August 16, 2021

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker recently signed a series of measures that advocates say could take a sizable share of Illinoisans off the streets and into their own homes. 

  • Leaders in Illinois’ tourism and hospitality sector are asking state lawmakers to allocate more money from the most recent federal stimulus package to help their industries recover.

  • Illinois schools have struggled with a teacher shortage for several years. The pandemic has only intensified it.

  • Champaign County public health officials reported 140 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. The number of active cases now sits at 801.

In today’s deep dive, a conversation with Illinois’ acting state epidemiologist about how COVID-19 variants have changed over time.

Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin and Christine Herman.

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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Brian Moline

Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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