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217 Today: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • A Northwestern University expert is working with Illinois teachers to make them clear on core aspects of media literacy. That’s ahead of a new law that takes effect next year.

  • Students and teachers in Illinois are heading back to the classroom beginning this week. A top teachers union has signaled it might be open to a COVID vaccine mandate for its members.

  • A special Champaign County Board committee has until November to come up with a plan to resolve the county’s jail issues. County board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to create the committee.

  • Fifty-seven percent of the county’s vaccine eligible population and just over 50% of the total population is vaccinated against COVID-19, which is about a one percentage point increase over the past two weeks. The state has an overall vaccination rate of 52%.

In today’s deep dive, in the third and final part of our series on how HIV has affected Black women, we hear from a woman who’s lived with the virus for more than 30 years.

Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows and Darian Benson.

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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