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217 Today: Monday, July 12, 2021

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker signed a law Friday making Illinois the first state in the nation to mandate schools teach Asian American history.

  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Senate Republicans face a “moment of truth” on infrastructure.

  • Recent tests confirm air and water quality levels near the Rockton chemical fire are safe.

  • Champaign County officials are reporting more than 204 thousand doses of a COVID vaccine have been administered as of Saturday. More than 100,000 individuals are fully vaccinated, nearly 55% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population.

In today’s deep dive, the pandemic has been stressful for many families. That stress can affect a child’s development, including their language and social skills.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Eric Stock, Yvonne Boose 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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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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