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217 Today: Thursday, July 8, 2021

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois’ first vaccine lottery drawings take place today, with $1 million dollars and three scholarships on the line.

  • A pro-EV group is urging Illinois and other states to encourage more widespread adoption of electric buses and semis.

  • Researchers in Fulton County are using image recognition technology to control invasive Asian carp on the Illinois River.

  • Fifty-six summer residents are moving back into Hendrick House at the University of Illinois, ten days after an explosion forced them to evacuate.

In today’s deep dive, the planned closure of two nuclear plants in northern Illinois wouldn’t just affect the energy market – it could also hurt funding for schools in the area.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Ryan Denham, Vivian La and Peter Medlin. 

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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