The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thurs. March 25, 2021

 
 Randon Moore and Gwyneth Yvonne started BeetBox while attending the University of Northwestern Oklahoma. Since then, they started a food truck and want to change their customers' minds about vegan meat.

Randon Moore and Gwyneth Yvonne started BeetBox while attending the University of Northwestern Oklahoma. Since then, they started a food truck and want to change their customers' minds about vegan meat. Seth Bodine/Harvest Public Media

Thurs. March 25, 2021

Today's headlines: 

  • Governor JB Pritzker has finally received his COVID-19 vaccine.

  • A proposal that would lift Illinois’ decades-long ban on rent control cleared one legislative hurdle in Springfield Wednesday. 

  • Many millennials in Illinois – and around the country -- are saddled with student loan debt, making it hard for them to put down payments on big purchases, like homes.

  • About 27% of Champaign County’s vaccine-eligible population –and 22% of the total population --has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

In today's deep dive, more customers are buying Impossible Burgers, Beyond Meat, and other meat alternatives made from plants, but the industry still faces barriers. We learn more from Seth Bodine with Harvest Public Media.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Dana Cronin, and Seth Bodine.