217 Today: Thursday November 12, 2020

 
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator Julie Pryde at a coronavirus news conference in January.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator Julie Pryde at a coronavirus news conference in January.

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Thursday November 12, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois set another record yesterday for COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Public Health reported more than 12,600 cases and 145 deaths, the highest fatality level since May.

  • Cash bond could be eliminated in Illinois if a push by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is successful.

  • Voters in 23 counties have passed advisory referendums supporting separate statehood for downstate Illinois. Twenty counties passed the question in last week’s election alone.

  • A survey of IHSA schools shows a majority of respondents don't plan to play basketball over the winter. Only about three dozen say they plan to start the season on time. More than 200 other schools are still undecided.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from the administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Champaign County, across Illinois, and throughout the country.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Eric Stock, and Jim Meadows.