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State Week: COVID surges amid Omicron uncertainty

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As more hospitals report ICU beds are filling up, the holidays will likely see additional transmission of the virus as people gather. At the same time, the severity of rapidly spreading Omicron variant remains unclear.

And there's a major renovation coming to the Illinois statehouse. We discuss it all.

Our regular panel of host Sean Crawford, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel and Emeritus Professor Charlie Wheeler is joined by Lee Enterprises' Capitol Reporter Brenden Moore.

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The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
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