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217 Today: Monday, July 12, 2021



Monday, July 12, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker signed a law Friday making Illinois the first state in the nation to mandate schools teach Asian American history.

  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Senate Republicans face a "moment of truth" on infrastructure.

  • Recent tests confirm air and water quality levels near the Rockton chemical fire are safe.

  • Champaign County officials are reporting more than 204 thousand doses of a COVID vaccine have been administered as of Saturday. More than 100,000 individuals are fully vaccinated, nearly 55% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population.

In today's deep dive, the pandemic has been stressful for many families. That stress can affect a child’s development, including their language and social skills.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Eric Stock, Yvonne Boose and Christine Herman.