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217 Today: Thursday, August 19, 2021


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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Leaders in charge of the Democratic Party of Illinois are preaching party unity even as former House Speaker Mike Madigan's absence has left fractures.

  • The University of Illinois has hired its first Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

  • University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen says he has hopes for a safe fall semester.

  • Champaign County public health officials reported 150 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That's the highest number of cases in a single day since January.

In today's deep dive, the first story in a three-part series about a church on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Christine Herman, Esther Yoon-Ji Kang and Susie An.