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217 Today: Thursday, June 24, 2021

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.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois. She’s a senior producer for the Illinois Student Newsroom and regularly covers arts and culture, education, and social justice issues affecting local communities. Along with her work for WILL, she was also the buzz Editor at The Daily Illini and hosts an arts and culture radio talkshow on WPGU 107.1 F.M.

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