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Monday May 17, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • With two weeks remaining in the General Assembly’s spring session, lawmakers’ attention will turn toward the state budget, and how to fill a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall.

  • City leaders in Champaign are calling for an end to gun violence, as the number of shooting incidents increases.

  • With the COVID-19 pandemic’s end in sight, rates of food insecurity are on the decline.

  • The cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the University of Illinois, have relaxed masking requirements following updated guidance from the CDC.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll find out how some University of Illinois graduates felt about the modified commencement ceremonies held over the weekend.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, Dana Cronin, and Sabrina Lee.

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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Brian Moline

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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