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217 Today: Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Some Democrats in the Illinois Senate are beginning to push for allowing non-citizens to vote in local school board elections.

  • When schools in Illinois re-open for the new school year, they’ll still have to take precautions against the coronavirus.

  • Illinois could become the first state to require the teaching of Asian American history in public schools if Governor Pritzker signs legislation passed by state lawmakers earlier this month.

  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health officials report 244 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered Tuesday.

In today’s deep dive, environmental groups have been fighting for years to have toxic coal ash removed from retention ponds near the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. Now, it may finally be happening.

Reporting today contributed by Derek Cantu, Michelle O’Neill and Vivian La.

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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