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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • At the Illinois State Fairgrounds Wednesday, Democrats will promote party unity at their annual rally day. But just outside, environmental activists will spotlight an issue that’s divided Democrats all summer.

  • U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) says the country’s focus in Afghanistan right now should be on evacuations, including America’s Afghan allies.

  • Urbana’s emergency housing program is about to move from rented hotel rooms to its own apartment buildings.

  • Champaign County health officials are encouraging people who may be eligible for a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to check with their medical provider.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how one Illinois-based relief organization is trying to help victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Tim Shelley, Jim Meadows and The 21st Show.

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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