217 Today: Monday September 28, 2020

 
Sara Willette of Ames, Iowa, runs an independent website tracking and analyzing the state's COVID-19 data.

Sara Willette of Ames, Iowa, runs an independent website tracking and analyzing the state's COVID-19 data.

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217 Today for Monday September 28, 2020.

Today's headlines:

  • Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan does not plan to testify this week before a speacial investigative committee probing his role in a bribery scheme involving ComEd.

  • Several advocacy groups are again readying support for proposals that would offer paid sick leave in Illinois.

  • Shoppers looking for their favorite cuts of meat should see plenty of them. Beef and pork production are nearly back to normal after disruptions caused by COVID-19.

  • Amid a legal battle over the 2020 Census counting deadline, some groups in Illinois are advocating for more time.

  • The Macon County Health Department building will be closed Monday because of a confirmed case of COVID-19 “associated” with the department. Officials say they will thoroughly clean the building and contact trace any close contacts with the person who tested positive.

Today's in-depth report comes from Side Effects Public Media's Natalie Krebs. There's a lot of COVID-19 data available thorugh state and federal resources. But those numbers can be confusing -- or raise questions, so some data trackers are taking matters into their own hands.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Capitol News Illinois, Maureen McKinney, Amy Mayer, Dana Cronin, and Natalie Krebs. Music by the Kilborn Alley Blues Band.