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217 Today: Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois students with special needs will no longer have to immediately leave high school when they age out at 22.

  • In Rockford, officials recently shut down a longtime homeless encampment near the city’s downtown.

  • Health officials are sounding the alarm about counterfeit drugs, especially with large music festivals on the schedule this summer.

  • More than 50 businesses are moving ahead with their plans to sell Cannabis in Illinois.

In today’s deep dive, we learn about the ways the blood shortage is affecting some African Americans’ need for blood transfusions.

Reporting today contributed by Juan Pablo Ramirez Franco, Reginald Hardwick, Sean Crawford and Farah Yousry.

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois. She’s a senior producer for the Illinois Student Newsroom and regularly covers arts and culture, education, and social justice issues affecting local communities. Along with her work for WILL, she was also the buzz Editor at The Daily Illini and hosts an arts and culture radio talkshow on WPGU 107.1 F.M.

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