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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Monday, June 21, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Six months after a state lawmaker went through prostate cancer treatment largely in private, he’s going public to encourage men to get checked.

  • The Illinois General Assembly this spring approved a measure to allow people convicted of engaging in sex work to expunge their criminal records.

  • Following state and national trends, Champaign County is seeing an uptick in deaths from drug overdoses.

  • Beginning today, people on the University of Illinois Urbana campus who have verified COVID-19 vaccination records will no longer have to test for the virus to gain building access.

In today’s deep dive, the 2018 Farm Bill allowed farmers to start growing hemp, but in at least one Midwestern state, the number of licenses issued is on the decline.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Derek Cantu, Christine Herman and Brian Grimmett.

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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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National Weather Service forecast map for June 13, 2024

Severe storms possible Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.