The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday June 10, 2021

 
A screen shot of Harley Hand (lower left) playing Farming Simulator. He has more than 40,000 followers on his Facebook gaming page.

A screen shot of Harley Hand (lower left) playing Farming Simulator. He has more than 40,000 followers on his Facebook gaming page. Facebook

Thursday June 10, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Just days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on new legislative district boundary maps drawn by Democratic lawmakers, Illinois Republicans sued over the new maps in federal court Wednesday.

  • The sponsor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project. But the rest of the Keystone pipeline system will continue to send crude oil to Illinois.

  • Nurse practitioner Kate Srikant, co-owner of KP Healthcare in Champaign, is providing free mental health screenings in celebration of Pride Month. Screenings are open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Illinois lawmakers want to replace a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. across the street from the state Capitol building in Springfield and put the new one in a more prominent place.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health says it will expand the use of the University of Illinois covidSHIELD saliva test into elementary schools across Illinois.

In today's deep dive, even though only 3% of Americans are currently farmers, a lot of people still identify as part of the agricultural lifestyle. That community has found a home in a video game.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Vivian La, Derek Cantù, and Jonathan Ahl.