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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a massive energy and climate plan to put Illinois on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

  • Childcare providers and families will soon be eligible for more state aid as the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on.

  • Wednesday was the deadline for University of Illinois students, staff and faculty to request to be exempt from the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

  • Two Champaign schools were on lockdown Wednesday afternoon following reports of shots fired near Centennial High School. No one was injured.

In today’s deep dive, a conversation with the incoming executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Caroline Kubzansky, Justin Malone and Reginald Hardwick.

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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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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.