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217 Today: Monday June 7, 2021

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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.

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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