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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Leaders in charge of the Democratic Party of Illinois are preaching party unity even as former House Speaker Mike Madigan’s absence has left fractures.

  • The University of Illinois has hired its first Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

  • University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen says he has hopes for a safe fall semester.

  • Champaign County public health officials reported 150 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That’s the highest number of cases in a single day since January.

In today’s deep dive, the first story in a three-part series about a church on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Christine Herman, Esther Yoon-Ji Kang and Susie An.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.