217 Today: Monday October 5, 2020

 
People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus watch a film at a movie theater in Beijing, Friday, July 24, 2020. Beijing partially reopened movie theaters as the threat from the coronavirus continues to recede in China’s capital.

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus watch a film at a movie theater in Beijing, Friday, July 24, 2020. Beijing partially reopened movie theaters as the threat from the coronavirus continues to recede in China’s capital.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Today's headlines: 

  • 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen will be asked about issues ranging from the economy to police reform when they meet Monday in Champaign for a broadcast debate.

  • Springfield police say three months of investigation into a deadly workplace shooting has yielded few details to help find a motive.

  • Illinois is sending $80 million worth of CARES Act money to more than 450 of the state’s poorest school districts --- including Danville’s. 

In today's deeper dive, the pandemic has drastically changed how we watch movies. That's having a big impact not only on movie studios, but also local theaters.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Sean Crawford, Lee Gaines, and Tim Shelley.