217 Today: Wednesday October 7, 2020
Wednesday October 6, 2020
A legislative committee looking into the relationship between longtime Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and Commonwealth Edison won’t meet again until after the November 3rd election.
People housed in county jails who haven’t been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial are eligible to vote. But 2020 is the first year county jails in Illinois are mandated to offer a vote-by-mail system.
Vistra Energy announced it would close its remaining coal-fired power plants in Illinois within the next decade as a move toward clean energy.
Champaign County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases yesterday (Tuesday 10/6). The county’s total is now more than five thousand. 364 of those cases are active, with two people hospitalized.
In today's deeper dive, among the many people adjusting to a new normal during the pandemic are school bus drivers. We check in with drivers in Rockford to see how they’re handling COVID-19.
217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Peter Medlin, Lecia Bushak, and Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco.