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217 Today: Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • An Urbana man faces multiple charges after allegedly ramming a stolen truck into the Champaign County jail Wednesday morning. 

  • The Illinois General Assembly’s watchdog is resigning from her job, saying her calls for reform have gone unheeded.

  • Car catalytic converter thefts have increased in Champaign-Urbana, and auto shop owners say there’s little that people can do about it.

  • The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency reported Tuesday evening in a news conference that there is currently no evidence that air or water quality was adversely affected by the weeks-long fire at the Rockton ChemTool facility.

In today’s deep dive, as the delta variant of COVID-19 picks up steam, vaccination rates have slowed. We’ll learn how one Midwestern state is trying to get more shots in arms.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Vivian La, Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco and Natalie Krebs.

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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