The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Monday November 30, 2020

 
University of Illinois professor Craig Gundersen has developed a data-driven map to track food insecurity across the country.

University of Illinois professor Craig Gundersen has developed a data-driven map to track food insecurity across the country. David Riecks/University of Illinois

Monday November 30, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • Thousands of Illinoisans will cast their votes tomorrow in township caucus-style elections all over the state, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Like larger hospitals in Illinois, rural hospitals are having a hard time finding enough nurses, doctors and other staff to treat an influx of covid-19 patients.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on in-person shopping, especially at small, local businesses. Those are just the type of businesses hoping to grab shoppers’ attention, during a promotional event that starts tomorrow in Champaign.

  • Public health officials in Illinois reported 57 more deaths from COVID-19 yesterday, and more than 7,100 new cases.

In today’s deep dive, millions more Americans are facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll learn about a new data-driven map tracking food insecurity rates from Illinois Newsroom's Dana Cronin.

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