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217 Today: Monday, June 21, 2021

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Six months after a state lawmaker went through prostate cancer treatment largely in private, he’s going public to encourage men to get checked.

  • The Illinois General Assembly this spring approved a measure to allow people convicted of engaging in sex work to expunge their criminal records.

  • Following state and national trends, Champaign County is seeing an uptick in deaths from drug overdoses.

  • Beginning today, people on the University of Illinois Urbana campus who have verified COVID-19 vaccination records will no longer have to test for the virus to gain building access.

In today’s deep dive, the 2018 Farm Bill allowed farmers to start growing hemp, but in at least one Midwestern state, the number of licenses issued is on the decline.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Derek Cantu, Christine Herman and Brian Grimmett.

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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