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Wednesday May 19, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • A lawsuit filed by 22 Illinois school districts alleges Gov. JB Pritzker is not doing enough to emphasize spending on education.

  • The ACLU of Illinois says a Black member of the Eastern Illinois University men’s swim team is ending a lawsuit filed against police officers who mistakenly detained him.

  • Researchers at the University of Illinois say they’ve developed a new and faster COVID-19 test that’s portable and affordable enough to use at home.

  • The Macon County Health Department is offering a Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and up on Wednesday.

In today’s deep dive, a look at how the pandemic has changed the way drag performers in central Illinois build their audiences as live drag shows begin to return.

Reporting today contributed by Derek Cantu, Jim Meadows, and Marissa Plecia.

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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