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217 Today: Thursday, July 29, 2021


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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • This week, the city of Champaign dedicated a portion of University Avenue to police officer Chris Oberheim.
  • Illinois lawmakers are still mulling whether to get rid of, replace or contextualize statues and monuments on state property.

  • At Illinois state parks, officials say balancing conservation and tourism is trickier with the increase of visitors this summer.

  • The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago’s Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival will be required to show proof that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days.

In today's deep dive, a conversation with Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde about what the CDC’s new mask guidance means for Champaign County.

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Hannah Meisel, Vivian La and Christine Herman.