217 Today: Tuesday November 10, 2020

 
Miami Correctional Facility, operating since 1998, houses high, medium and minimum security adult males.

Miami Correctional Facility, operating since 1998, houses high, medium and minimum security adult males.

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Tuesday November 10, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is blaming COVID-19’s sharp resurgence in part on local officials’ lax enforcement of state rules.

  • The City of Urbana is exploring a new geothermal energy program to help de-carbonize heating.

  • During a Board of Education meeting last night,Champaign Unit 4 Schools officials discussed plans to return middle and high school students to some form of in-person instruction come January.

  • Champaign County announced 40 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, for a total of more than 7,100. Currently, there are 420 active cases of the virus and 32 total deaths.

In today’s deep dive, Indiana’s state prisons have been plagued by staffing issues for years. But the Miami Correctional Facility suffers the most, and the pandemic has only made staffing issues worse.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Lecia Bushak, Lee Gaines and Jake Harper.