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217 Today: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Cities and towns in Illinois are calling on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration to apply for the federal funds they’re entitled to under the American Rescue Plan.

  • The annual Redneck Fishing Tournament is coming back to Central Illinois after a two-year hiatus.

  • A new bill awaiting Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature could make it easier for undocumented students in Illinois to get their degrees.

  • OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois announced Monday in a press release that they will be partnering with Parkland Community College to expand the SHIELD-CU COVID-19 testing program.

In today’s deep dive, it has been a rough year for kids across the country, especially for those in lower income areas. In one Midwest neighborhood, a small vegetable garden is providing fresh food and a safe haven.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Tim Shelley, Farrah Anderson and Farah Yousry.

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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