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217 Today: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • A court monitor recently found the Illinois Department of Corrections has failed to make some required improvements in its care of prisoners with mental illness.

  • September is suicide prevention month, and while the overall number of suicides has dropped over the past few years, it has increased among people of color.

  • Officials at the Refugee Center in Champaign say they’re planning to accept between 5-10 families of Afghan refugees in the next few months.

  • A woman in her 80s is the 185th Champaign County resident to die of COVID-19.

In today’s deep dive, a conversation with Brown University economist Emily Oster, who has written extensively about decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Luis Velazquez, Charrice Jones and The 21st Show.

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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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