The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday Feb. 16, 2021

 
Alvin Lee watches his cows outside his barn near Wewoka, Oklahoma. He has about about 20 cows and 160 acres of land.

Alvin Lee watches his cows outside his barn near Wewoka, Oklahoma. He has about about 20 cows and 160 acres of land. Seth Bodine/Harvest Public Media

Tuesday Feb. 16, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Central Illinois is digging out from a major snowstorm yesterday. We get details from meteorologist Andrew Pritchard.

  • Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois all have crews out working to clear the snow that fell yesterday. Officials say it may take longer than usual to clear the snow because of the cold temperatures.

  • Gov. JB Pritzker will present his proposed budget to lawmakers on Wednesday. There's still work to be done to balance this year's budget, which will require a deal with organized labor.

  • In Champaign County, nearly 24 percent of eligible residents have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, while nearly seven percent have received both doses.

In today's deep dive, Black farmers won a $1 billion lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but there was something missing from the settlement. We get details from Harvest Public Media.

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