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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Monday, August 2, 2021

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.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.