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217 Today: Tuesday June 8, 2021

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Tuesday June 8, 2021

Today’s headlines

  • On Monday, Joanne Geigner helped raise the rainbow flag above the Urbana City Building in honor of Pride Month.

  • The Flash Index to the Illinois economy increased to 105.3 for May. That’s the second consecutive month above 100, which means economic expansion.

  • A bipartisan group of downstate lawmakers is making a final appeal for municipally-owned coal-fired power plants, like the one owned by City Water Light and Power in Springfield, to be spared from a 2035 closing date.

  • Champaign County reported Monday that a man in his 50’s is the 150th person to die from the coronavirus. As of Monday, there are 114 active cases in the county and 15 people hospitalized.

In today’s deep dive, increasingly, farmers don’t own the land they work. That’s particularly true in the country’s breadbasket and can have environmental consequences.

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Jim Meadows, Hannah Meisel and Dana Cronin. 

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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