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217 Today: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • The so-called Delta variant of COVID-19 keeps making inroads in Illinois. The more contagious COVID-19 mutation has propelled positivity rates in some areas of the state to levels not seen since the first half of January.

  • The St. Louis region this week became one of the first places in the nation to re-impose a mask mandate to help stem the new wave of coronavirus infections. The mask mandate applies to everyone age 5 and older, even if they’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • An Illinois congresswoman wants to defund universities that provide abortion medication to students.

  • A northern Illinois couple is facing federal charges alleging they breached the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.

In today’s deep dive, some rural residents of Champaign County had their water contaminated by a gas leak, but they could eventually be hooked up to a nearby public water system.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Sarah Fentem, Reginald Hardwick and Jim Meadows.

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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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