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217 Today: Wednesday June 2, 2021

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Wednesday June 2, 2021

Today’s headlines

  • After weeks of negotiating with nuclear giant Exelon, there’s a tentative deal for state subsidies to keep power generators online, but another issue threatened to blow up bargaining over the holiday weekend. 
  • As of this morning, there’s a new place for medical helicopters to land in Champaign County. It will allow the hospital system to bring patients in via flight for life-saving procedures.

  • Pride month is here, and LGBTQ+ folks and allies in Champaign will celebrate this weekend at a Drag Picnic at West Side Park.

  • State health officials reported just over 400 new cases of COVID-19 across Illinois Tuesday and eight additional deaths from the virus. That’s the lowest single-day case total in more than a year. 

In today’s deep dive, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the mental health of many Midwesterners, including children. One state in the region has been trying to standardize mental health services for kids.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Reginald Hardwick, Carolina Garibay, and Natalie Krebs. 

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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