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217 Today: Thursday, August 12, 2021

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • The vast majority of Illinois state legislators say they are vaccinated against COVID-19, but several Republicans would not respond to WBEZ’s survey of all 177 lawmakers asking for their vaccination status.

  • The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday dealt major consequences to a private Christian school in Elmhurst that’s not planning to comply with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s mask mandate.

  • State health officials reported more than 3,900 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That’s the highest number of cases in one day in Illinois since April 9.

In today’s deep dive, even before new congressional district maps are drawn, Central Illinois Democrat David Palmer says he’s running for Congress. 

Reporting today contributed by Tony Arnold and Hannah Meisel.

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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