217 Today: Friday October 9, 2020

 
Pictured is a voter pamphlet distributed to Illinois households by Secretary of State Jesse White's office regarding the graduated income tax constitutional amendment.

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

Today's headlines: 

  • Governor JB Pritzker is warning of painful budget cuts if the graduated income tax plan fails at the polls next month.

  • In August, a tornado ripped through the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm in Kirkland. We get an update on how the farm is getting back to normal.

  • Illinois residents who use Facebook could be eligible for up to 400 dollars from a class-action settlement.

  • Over the past week, Champaign County has reported five additional deaths from COVID-19 --including a male in his 30s and four females in their 80s and 90s.In addition, 32 new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday.

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. Jenna Dooley talks with Capitol News Illinois bureau chief Jerry Nowicki about the ballot question and legal opposition.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today comes from Hannah Meisel, Connie Kuntz, Christine Herman, and Jenna Dooley.