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217 Today: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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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.

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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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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