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217 Today: University of Illinois expert discusses how war in Ukraine could cause a global food crisis


"War has come to a major breadbasket for the world," says Megan Konar, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois. Igor2008/Pixabay (Creative Commons Zero - CC0)

Monday, March 7, 2022

Today's headlines:

  • One Illinois Democratic operative feels vindicated after the federal corruption case filed last week against her former boss -Michael Madigan.

  • A research team at the University of Illinois finds that most oncology dietitians don’t receive enough food insecurity training to help their patients.

  • At the end of last year, the Champaign Police Department had a shortage of about 25 police officers. But, a new system may speed up the hiring process for officers. 

  • Illinois beat Iowa 74-72 Sunday night and captured a share of the Big Ten men’s basketball championship.

In today's deep dive, we'll learn how the Russian invasion of Ukraine could have a big effect on the world’s supply of wheat and corn from a University of Illinois expert. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Dan Mihalopoulos, Luis Velazquez, Sydney Wood, Rob McColley and Dana Cronin.