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217 Today: Thursday June 10, 2021

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Thursday June 10, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Just days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on new legislative district boundary maps drawn by Democratic lawmakers, Illinois Republicans sued over the new maps in federal court Wednesday.

  • The sponsor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline says it’s pulling the plug on the contentious project. But the rest of the Keystone pipeline system will continue to send crude oil to Illinois.

  • Nurse practitioner Kate Srikant, co-owner of KP Healthcare in Champaign, is providing free mental health screenings in celebration of Pride Month. Screenings are open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Illinois lawmakers want to replace a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. across the street from the state Capitol building in Springfield and put the new one in a more prominent place.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health says it will expand the use of the University of Illinois covidSHIELD saliva test into elementary schools across Illinois.

In today’s deep dive, even though only 3% of Americans are currently farmers, a lot of people still identify as part of the agricultural lifestyle. That community has found a home in a video game.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Vivian La, Derek Cantù, and Jonathan Ahl.

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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