The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Monday November 2, 2020


Gov. JB Pritzker and former Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch.

Monday November 2, 2020

Today's headlines: 

  • Illinois is one of 32 states where mailed ballots can be processed in advance of Election Day. But there could still be delays in calling winners for many races.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health reported nearly 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Sunday.The state also reported 81 additional deaths from the virus. 

  • With election season coming to a close, many Illinois students are casting their ballots for the first time. That story from Olivia Butts.

  • Gov. JB Pritzker also announced yesterday that COVID-19 mitigation measures would take effect beginning Wednesday in Region 2, which includes Bloomington, Peoria, and the Quad Cities. Mitigation measures take effect today in Region 6, which includes Champaign County and 20 other counties in east-central Illinois.

In today's deeper dive, in the dueling campaigns for and against Governor JB Pritzker’s push for a so-called “Fair Tax,” are the echoes of past attempts at tax reform in Illinois. We get that story from Hannah Meisel.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Mary Hansen, Olivia Butts, and Hannah Meisel.