The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

 
 Libraries across Indiana are assisting in covid-19 vaccine assistance. Staff have been trained to answer questions and register residents. Staff at thehe Knox County Public Library assist at a local site.

Libraries across Indiana are assisting in covid-19 vaccine assistance. Staff have been trained to answer questions and register residents. Staff at thehe Knox County Public Library assist at a local site. Knox County Public Library

Thursday Feb. 11, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Another dose of light snow in Central Illinois has made road conditions hazardous again today. Get the latest road conditions from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security finally has a solution for a longstanding issue affecting independent contractors.

  • State public health officials are announcing another change to the group of Illinoisans eligible for COVID vaccines; this time allowing for people with certain co-morbidities to get their shots beginning Feb. 25.

  • Advocates for people experiencing homelessness say this week's weather conditions present a dangerous situation for those without shelter.  

  • The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

In today's deep dive, as the COVID vaccine rollout continues, Midwesterners have a lot of questions about distribution plans and the vaccine itself. One state is getting help from a surprising place: public libraries.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Derek Cantu, Hannah Meisel, Lee Gaines, and Darian Benson.