The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

The floor of the U.S. Senate.

The floor of the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021

Today's headlines:

  • Illinois’ two U.S. Senators are asking President Joe Biden to reconsider getting rid of an appointee from President Donald Trump’s administration.

  • Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger says he has talked with a few U.S. Senators to encourage them to convict former President Trump at his second impeachment trial.

  • It’s calving season – the time of year when baby cows are born on farms all over the country. But bitter cold temperatures can complicate the calving process.

  • The University of Illinois reported 78 new cases of COVID-19 from tests conducted on Monday. That’s the most in one day since November 4th.

In today's deep dive, there’s a focus on the U.S. Senate as the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is underway. Chris Mooney, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, talks about what he calls “the most unrepresentative elected political institution.”

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Eric Stock, Dana Cronin, and Sean Crawford.