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Dana Vollmer

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Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WGLT. Dana previously covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois and Peoria for WCBU. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she studied communication and produced Morning Edition for WNIJ. Dana's interests include criminal justice reform, economic equity and the environment.

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 146 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the county’s testing positivity rate fell nearly two percentage points to 8.1%.

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There's a twisted silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic: Some gay and bisexual men are able to donate blood for the first time. 

Federal Drug Administration (FDA) rules long forbid men who have sex with other men from donating blood. The policy dates back to the height of the the AIDS crisis, when HIV was not well understood and there was fear of a "contaminated" blood supply.

 

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Three more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, the McLean County Health Department reported Wednesday.

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McLean County Public Defender Carla Barnes has been appointed as the first Black woman to serve as a circuit judge in Illinois’ 11th Judicial Circuit.

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 10 more COVID-19 related deaths and 278 new confirmed cases.

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Health care workers were given top priority when COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out across the country. But not all who are eligible are jumping at the opportunity.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

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The McLean County Health Department confirmed 50 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as the county’s testing positivity rate dropped to its lowest level in more than a week.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting three more COVID-19 related deaths. They include a woman in her 80s who lived in a long-term care facility, as well as two men—one in his 50s and one in his 80s—who did not.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

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The number of McLean County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 more than doubled overnight, up to 37 patients.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 12 more COVID-19 related deaths and 299 new confirmed cases over the holiday weekend.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

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Central Illinois nonprofits say now is the time to invest in, not undercut, social services.

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Unit 5 schools will receive $1 million in free COVID-19 testing. It's a joint donation from electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian and testing company Reditus Laboratories.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate continues to drop, but hospitalizations and other metrics are trending in the wrong direction.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.

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Advocates of criminal justice reform in the United States have had several achievements in the last couple of years. Both sides of the aisle embraced calls for lower prison populations. A growing social movement calls for rehabilitation over punishment.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

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A growing immigrant group in Bloomington-Normal faces barriers to getting medical attention.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

Bloomington-Normal restaurant owners who shirked the governor's executive orders say they're being painted as villains. But they argue they should've had a seat at the table when COVID-19 mitigations were being developed.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.

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