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217 Today: Thursday, July 1, 2021

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois’ senior-most judicial authority says Springfield Democrats’ efforts to re-draw the state’s judicial district boundaries for the first time in 60 years could interfere with a major law aimed at criminal justice reform.

  • A portion of Illinois’ recreational cannabis revenues goes into the R-3 program, which aims to reinvest in communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.

  • Urbana’s two hospitals are strongly encouraging – but not requiring – their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 388 doses ofCOVID-19 vaccines were administered yesterday Tuesday in Champaign County. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 596.

In today’s deep dive, the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization have issued conflicting guidance for mask-wearing among people vaccinated against COVID-19. We hear from a psychology professor about how people are dealing with that conflict.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Vollmer, Vivian La and Yvonne Boose. 

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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