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217 Today: Monday June 7, 2021

Monday June 7, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law legislative district maps to govern elections for the next 10 years. 
  • Champaign County is reporting a new death from COVID-19. The public health department says a man in his 80s is the 149th person to die from the illness. There are 122 active cases in Champaign County right now.

  • The head of the Illinois Public Health Department told a college graduating class in western Illinois to write their own stories, and make those stories Pulitzer Prize winners.

  • The number of Illinois children needing foster care has increased by about ten percent over the last year.

In today’s deep dive, when colleges like the University of Illinois switched to online-only learning last year, many people expected the end for many marginalized students. But a new study is painting a different picture.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Rich Egger, Brian Moline, and Carolina Garibay.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois. She’s a senior producer for the Illinois Student Newsroom and regularly covers arts and culture, education, and social justice issues affecting local communities. Along with her work for WILL, she was also the buzz Editor at The Daily Illini and hosts an arts and culture radio talkshow on WPGU 107.1 F.M.

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