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217 Today: Tuesday April 27, 2021


Tuesday April 27, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • For the first time in more than 200 years, Illinois saw its population decline over the last decade, according to new 2020 U.S. Census data released Monday.

  • Local school board elections don't normally receive national attention, but one this month in Decatur has.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has not just affected working adults. The Child Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois reports that young children can pick up on the stress their parents are feeling.

  • The COVID-19 test positivity rate has slowly risen on the University of Illinois Urbana campus over the past month.

In today's deep dive, to keep new mothers from dying after childbirth, many maternal health experts say: Make sure they don’t lose their health insurance. We learn more from Illinois Newsroom's Christine Herman.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Charrice Jones, and Christine Herman.