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217 Today: Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • This week, the city of Champaign dedicated a portion of University Avenue to police officer Chris Oberheim.
  • Illinois lawmakers are still mulling whether to get rid of, replace or contextualize statues and monuments on state property.

  • At Illinois state parks, officials say balancing conservation and tourism is trickier with the increase of visitors this summer.

  • The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago’s Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival will be required to show proof that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days.

In today’s deep dive, a conversation with Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde about what the CDC’s new mask guidance means for Champaign County.

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Hannah Meisel, Vivian La and Christine Herman.

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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