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217 Today: Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • An audit of the Illinois State Police’s firearm owner identification and concealed carry license program shows an increase in wait times even before the pandemic.

  • More than 750 University of Illinois students have requested a religious exemption from the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

  • The parent organization of WBEZ has voted to move forward with potentially acquiring the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Champaign County public health officials say a woman in her 80s is the 187th county resident to die of COVID-19.

In today’s deep dive, beans, peas and lentils are gaining traction on Midwest farms as demand increases for the products.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Mona Alrazzaq, Tony Arnold and Elizabeth Rembert.

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Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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