217 Today — Dec. 11, 2020

Friday December 11, 2020 Today’s headlines:  Governor JB Pritzker’s administration is sending Illinois National Guard medical staff to assist with Coronavirus testing and screening at three of the state’s four veterans’ homes. The governor’s office last week announced the 50 counties in Illinois that would be first in line for vaccine distribution for healthcare workers, a demographic […]

Migrant Farm Workers Allege Pesticide Exposure In Central IL

CHICAGO — More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in central Illinois cornfields. They include teenagers, workers in their 60s and a pregnant woman. The lawsuit alleges the workers were sprayed by a helicopter and plane treating fields in […]

Migrant Clinics Offering COVID-19 Testing To Farmworkers Face Challenges

CHICAGO – The U.S. food supply depends on millions of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of circumstances in which they live and work. Outbreaks of COVID-19 on farms have killed more than a dozen farmworkers nationwide, and infected thousands more, according to tracking from the Food and Environment Reporting […]

Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Clinics Step Up Testing For Migrant Farmworkers

CHAMPAIGN – Maricel Mendoza is familiar with the work migrant and seasonal farmworkers do. Growing up, her family traveled from Texas to central Illinois every year for her parents’ jobs as contractors with a large seed company.  “All of my parents’ siblings were migrants, my grandparents were migrants,” Mendoza says. “So it’s just something that […]