217 Today: Tuesday October 6, 2020

 
Democratic candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (left) and Republican incumbent Rodney Davis, deliver opening statements during their broadcast debate in Champaign Monday evening.

Democratic candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (left) and Republican incumbent Rodney Davis, deliver opening statements during their broadcast debate in Champaign Monday evening.

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Tuesday October 6, 2020

Today's headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker is calling a lawsuit filed Monday to derail his signature tax plan “desperate.”

  • Illinois will require residents to swap out their current smoke detectors forones that have a ten-year sealed battery.

  • Champaign County health officials announced 62 new COVID-19 cases Monday (10/5), with the county’s total now surpassing five thousand. 

In today's deeper dive, Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan talked about healthcare, the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice, and a lot more, in a one-hour debate broadcast live Monday night on WILL radio and TV. Illinois Newsroom's Jim Meadows has details.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Rich Egger and Jim Meadows.