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217 Today: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling for stricter ethics measures as the Democratic incumbent mounts his re-election campaign.

  • U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth says Congress needs to get the National Guard reimbursed for the half billion dollars it spent responding to the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.

  • The Urbana Park District culled over 100 geese at Crystal Lake Park last year. This past June, a subdivision in Urbana did the same. Some activists and experts are advocating for non-lethal means of controlling the goose population.

  • Champaign public health officials reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The current number of active cases has been rising since late June, when the county saw an all-time low of 43 cases.

In today’s deep dive, prisons often provide a variety of job training programs. Now, one is turning to beekeeping.

Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Tony Arnold, Farrah Anderson and Katie Peikes.

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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