State Representative Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) led a statewide bus tour under the banner

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 26, 2020

217 Today: Monday October 26, 2020

In today's deeper dive, state representative Darren Bailey says he’ll continue his court battle against Governor Pritzker’s use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Macon County Health Department in Decatur. Macon County currently has more than 1300 active cases of COVID-19.

Macon County Health Department.

The 217 Today Podcast - October 23, 2020

217 Today: Friday October 23, 2020

In today's deeper dive, about a third of all Illinois counties are at a warning level for COVID-19. Among them is Macon County in central Illinois.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 22, 2020

217 Today: Thursday October 22, 2020

In today's deeper dive, handling the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a mental health challenge for many people. Experts anticipate this winter will be even worse.

Water flows at a wastewater facility in DeKalb.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 21, 2020

217 Today: Wednesday October 21, 2020

In today's deeper dive, Northern Illinois University is expanding COVID-19 testing efforts into what some might consider unexpected places: wastewater.

Effingham, located in Illinois' 15th Congressional District, is a hub for both travelers and commercial freight traffic. Here, a cluster of signs in Effingham advertise restaurant and shopping options.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 20, 2020

217 Today: Tuesday October 20, 2020

In today's deeper dive, with more territory than some states, Illinois’ 15th District covers a large section of southeast and south-central Illinois. Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows talked to some of the 15th District’s residents as they prepare to elect a new representative.

Nick Rudd was a musician in Champaign-Urbana for more than three decades. He died earlier this year. Now his wife, Gina Manola, has established three memorial funds in his honor to benefit music in the area.

Provided by Gina Manola

The 217 Today Podcast - October 19, 2020

217 Today: Monday October 19, 2020

In today's deeper dive, we’ll learn about memorial funds honoring a local musician who died earlier this year. Nick Rudd was a stalwart on the Champaign-Urbana music scene for decades.

Nathan Bradford, father of Nathan Bradford Jr., stands on his land near Bristow, Oklahoma. Bradford received $50,000 as part of a class action discrimination lawsuit against the USDA. He says behind where he is standing, there used to be peanut fields.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 16, 2020

217 Today: Friday October 16, 2020

In today's deeper dive, Black farmers in the Midwest historically struggled with all the challenges facing other farmers, but they also were held back by systemic racism. We’ll learn more about the challenges of being a Black farmer in the Midwest.

Noah Beacom and John Shaw of the Primary Health Care Clinic in Des Moines say STI testing has dropped sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 15, 2020

217 Today: Thursday October 15, 2020

In today's deeper dive, sexually transmitted infections –or STIs -have been on the rise for years. But the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted public health efforts to address the issue.

Associated Press

The 217 Today Podcast - October 14, 2020

217 Today: Wednesday October 14, 2020

In today's deeper dive, we’ll hear about a new federal grant to help fight human trafficking in Central Illinois from officials with the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria.

Forest Preserve District executive director Mary Ellen Wuellner stands at the covered bridge over the Sangamon River in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. A tax referendum on the Champaign County November 3 ballot would fund a new roof for the bridge, along with other capital projects.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Newsroom

The 217 Today Podcast - October 13, 2020

217 Today: Tuesday October 13, 2020

In today's deeper dive, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District is looking for more revenue to maintain its parks. We’ll learn about a property tax referendum on the ballot in Champaign County.

Samuel Gomez sits at the hotel where he and 100 or so other migrant farmworkers are living.

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

The 217 Today Podcast - October 12, 2020

217 Today: Monday October 12, 2020

In today's deeper dive, millions of farmworkers throughout the U-S work every year to plant crops, harvest them, and do everything in between. Among them are migratory
workers, who leave their homes for months at a time to take on what’s often a risky job.
Pictured is a voter pamphlet distributed to Illinois households by Secretary of State Jesse White's office regarding the graduated income tax constitutional amendment.

Jerry Nowicki/Capitol News Illinois

The 217 Today Podcast - October 09, 2020

217 Today: Friday October 9, 2020

In today's deeper dive, we’ll learn more about a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November that would change the state of Illinois’ income tax structure from a flat tax to a graduated one.

A Trump - Pence sign in rural Missouri, an area where President Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. Now farmers are analyzing his farm policy and that of his oppoent, Joe Biden, in advance of the Nov. 3 election.

Jonathan Ahl/Harvest Public Media

The 217 Today Podcast - October 07, 2020

217 Today: Thursday October 8, 2020

In today's deeper dive, farmers are trying to figure out what they can expect from the next president, whether it’s Joe Biden or four more years of Donald Trump.

A school bus lot in Rockford.

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The 217 Today Podcast - October 07, 2020

217 Today: Wednesday October 7, 2020

In today's deeper dive, among the many people adjusting to a new normal during the pandemic are school bus drivers. We’ll check in with drivers in Rockford to see how they’re handling COVID-19.

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