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217 Today: Thursday June 3, 2021

Thursday June 3, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Lawmakers left Springfield Tuesday without a final vote on a plan to both prevent the threatened closure of three nuclear power plants or lay down tough standards for clean energy in Illinois moving forward. But Governor JB Pritzker says he believes a deal is imminent.

  • Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood says Congress will have to look beyond the gas tax to pay for a new infrastructure bill regardless of the final price tag. The federal gas tax hasn’t been increased in nearly 30 years.

  • With COVID-19 vaccination rates in Illinois declining, the state department of health is looking for ways to incentivize Illinois adults to get the shot.

  • Carle announced Wednesday that it’s permanently closing the Kohl’s Plaza COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday. 

In today’s deep dive, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police last year, many school leaders vowed to better reflect and serve their students. One year later, we look at what’s changed in education. 

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Eric Stock, Dana Cronin, and Peter Medlin.

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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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