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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Gov. JB Pritzker is brushing off findings by Republicans and independent consultants that the new legislative maps passed by Democrats this spring are unconstitutional.

  • University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says reaction to COVID requirements at the university has been mostly in favor.

  • As summers get increasingly hot due to climate change, farmworkers in the Midwest will continue to face dangerous working conditions or lose out on income.

  • Carle Health reports 84 patients with COVID-19 at its five hospitals, the highest number since early January. Twenty-four of those patients are in the ICU.

In today’s deep dive, a look at the problems facing Emergency Medical Services in Indana and across the Midwest.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Sean Crawford, Dana Cronin and Carter Barrett.

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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