The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday, January 7, 2021

 A Chicago mural honors essential workers.

A Chicago mural honors essential workers. Judith Ruiz-Branch/for Side Effects Public Media

Thursday January 7, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he blames President Trump for the violence that desecrated temple to democracy that is the nation's capitol building.

  • Champaign County has administered close to 6,000 initial doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. That represents about 3.5 percent of the county’s total vaccine-eligible population. 

  • Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reports 68 COVID-19 patients yesterday, and 12 of those patients are in the ICU. 

  • Downstate Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller has come under fire for quoting Adolf Hitler at a pro-Trump Washington DC rally. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about a mural on the southwest side of Chicago that honors essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Charlie Schlenker, Brian Mackey, Jim Meadows, and Judith Ruiz-Branch.