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Thursday May 13, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • One of Illinois’ most influential business associations says the state is facing a severe labor shortage because of enhanced unemployment benefits. Gov. JB Pritzker disagrees.

  • As the state introduces a new tourism campaign, advocacy groups say tourism recovery will help Illinois stay competitive in the national and global economies.

  • Local health departments are working with the Asian Health Coalition to raise awareness about Hepatitis B infection.

  • Children as young as 12 could start receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Thursday in Champaign County.

In today’s deep dive, the pandemic is forcing colleges in central Illinois and elsewhere to reconsider ways they can support student parents as they return for in-person classes this fall.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Christine Hatfield, Christine Herman, and Carolina Garibay.

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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Brian Moline

Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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