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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker has signed a new law aimed at actually removing guns from Illinoisans with revoked gun licenses.

  • The new school year approaches, just as the COVID-19 Delta variant is surging. That has led schools to rethink mask-optional policies in place from earlier this summer.

  • The University of Illinois Flash Index showed the Illinois economy growing at a slightly slower pace in July, compared to the month before.

  • Champaign County health officials reported 45 new COVID-19 cases Monday and one additional death. The county’s death toll from the coronavirus is up to 160.

In today’s deep dive, children under 12 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine yet, but they can still catch and spread the coronavirus. We get tips from a pediatrician on keeping kids safe.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin, Jim Meadows and Shahla Farzan.

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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