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217 Today: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • The amount of money Illinois owes for paying state retirees their pensions has ballooned to $144 billion, according to new, official calculations from state pension analysts.

  • Across Illinois this week, schools are kicking off practices for fall sports. The IHSA is recommending member school follow IDPH guidance for masking during indoor sports.

  • Health experts in Illinois say Governor Pritzker’s statewide mask mandate for schools is a smart move.

  • Fifty-seven percent of the county’s vaccine eligible population and nearly 50% of the total population is vaccinated against COVID-19. The state overall has a vaccination rate of 51%.

In today’s deep dive, in part two of our series from Side Effects Public Media, we look at efforts to help Black women who are HIV positive. They’re infected at unusually high rates.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Christine Herman and Darian Benson.

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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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