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217 Today: Monday May 24, 2021

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More than 30,000 tulip bulbs are planted in Orange City, Iowa each year for the Tulip Festival.

Monday May 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • The fight over how to draw Illinois’ legislative districts for the next ten years is set to reach a fever pitch in Springfield this week. Democrats who control the remap process published their proposed maps Friday night.

  • Fewer rural people are vaccinated than their urban counterparts. That’s according to a new report from the CDC.

  • Students at the University of Illinois protested Saturday after several transgender students were dead named at graduation ceremonies. They’re calling for better treatment for transgender students.

  • Another Champaign County resident has died after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the county-wide death toll to 148. Officials also announced 36 more COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

In today’s deep dive, spring festivals are back after many small towns had to cancel them due to the pandemic. Many of these small towns depend on tourism for money for small towns and their businesses.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Cronin, Farrah Anderson and Katie Peikes.

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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