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217 Today: Wednesday April 21, 2021

 
University of Illinois professor Ujjal Mukherjee was part of a study looking at reopening universities

University of Illinois professor Ujjal Mukherjee was part of a study looking at reopening universities L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois

Wednesday April 21, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Local elected officials are expressing support for the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minneapolis, but they say more needs to be done in the fight for justice.

  • Students at the University of Illinois say they are trying to process the conviction of Chauvin.

  • Local authorities have certified results from the April 6 local elections. Provisional and late-arriving mail-in ballots had an impact on some close races -- but not others.

  • Champaign-Urbana public health officials reported 55 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and more than 500 doses administered of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In today's deep dive, a University of Illinois researcher discusses a study that shows bulk COVID-19 testing is just one part of successfully reopening a college campus.

Reporting today contributed by Farrah Anderson, Jim Meadows, and Marissa Plescia.