The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Wednesday October 21, 2020

Water flows at a wastewater facility in DeKalb.

Water flows at a wastewater facility in DeKalb. Jenna Dooley/WNIJ

Wednesday October 21, 2020

Today's headlines: 

  • Two more regions of Illinois will be put under Coronavirus mitigations by the state as COVID-19 continues its resurgence this month.

  • Six Champaign County Jail inmates recently tested positive for COVID-19. But Sheriff Dustin Heuerman says the larger jail population was not put at risk.

  • Champaign County authorities say they have identified the woman whose skeletal remains were found in a farm field in 1995. Now, they’re asking people who knew her to come forward with any information they have.

  • Macon County reported 74 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and three deaths --- two men, in their 70s and 80s, and a woman in her 80s.Vermilion County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Coles County reported ten new cases.

In today's deeper dive, Northern Illinois University is expanding COVID-19 testing efforts into what some might consider unexpected places: wastewater.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows and Peter Medlin.