217 Today: Thursday October 8, 2020

 
A Trump - Pence sign in rural Missouri, an area where President Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. Now farmers are analyzing his farm policy and that of his oppoent, Joe Biden, in advance of the Nov. 3 election.

A Trump - Pence sign in rural Missouri, an area where President Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. Now farmers are analyzing his farm policy and that of his oppoent, Joe Biden, in advance of the Nov. 3 election.

Jonathan Ahl/Harvest Public Media

Thursday October 8, 2020

Today's headlines: 

  • Most Urbana District 116 students will continue to learn remotely—at least until January. 

  • Governor JB Pritzker is pushing lawmakers to pass criminal justice reform when they return to Springfield in November.

  • Drop, Cover and Hold On. Those are the directions for everyone taking part in the annual Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill next Thursday.

  • Coles County recorded its 35th death related to COVID-19 yesterday (Wednesday 10/7), along with 19 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In today's deeper dive, farmers are trying to figure out what they can expect from the next president, whether it’s Joe Biden or four more years of Donald Trump. We learn more from Jonathan Ahl of Harvest Public Media.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Lee Gaines, Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, and Jonathan Ahl.