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Monday, August 2, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Senator Dick Durbin hopes to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
  • The number of coronavirus cases is rising once again in much of central and southern Illinois. Local health officials say most cases are occurring among unvaccinated people, following a national trend.
  • We may learn more Monday about the killing of a 14-year-old Champaign boy, found in a ditch Friday morning in Urbana.
  • As of Monday, the city of Champaign joins Urbana in requiring all visitors and employees inside city facilities to wear a mask or face covering.

In today’s deep dive, we meet several contact tracers who have been on the job talking to Illinoisans with COVID-19 for nearly a year.

Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Christine Herman, Reginald Hardwick and Peter Medlin.

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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