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Sandy and Alan Fedden of Hudson enjoyed taking off their masks while dining at Pub II, 102 N. Linden St. in Normal, on Friday. The Feddens said the new CDC guidelines give them greater confidence in returning to a normal lifestyle, although they said they would still wear a mask around crowds.

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Good evening everyone! This week reporters Kelsey Watznauer and Sierra Henry give a sneak peak into an exciting Sunday story on festivals returning after a year of cancellations. 

A little PSA for our subscribers, we are changing our publishing schedule. Starting today 'Long Story Short' will be published at 5 p.m. on Fridays across our three news sites. We hate making sudden changes like this, but we hope moving the publishing date around will help us stay on schedule better.

To read more on any of the stories mentioned in Long Story Short, visit The Pantagraph, the Herald & Review and the Journal-Gazette/Times Courier. Subscribe to 'Long Story Short' for free at Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

Music by Podington Bear.

Stories mentioned in this week's Long Story Short:

Illinois goes to fewer COVID restrictions. Here’s what to expect.

Central Illinois is a new hub of electric vehicle tech. Here’s what’s next.

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St. Teresa’s Tom Noonan resigns as boys basketball coach; will join Millikin staff.

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Champaign officer with Decatur ties killed in shooting; another officer wounded.

Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.

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