The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Wednesday January 6, 2021

 
At the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines, Farmers for Free Trade invited farmers to show their support for trade deals.

At the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines, Farmers for Free Trade invited farmers to show their support for trade deals. Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media file photo

Wednesday January 6, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • A new candidate appears to be emerging in the race to succeed embattled Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

  • llinois Republicans will make another effort to tackle redistricting during the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

  • During an Urbana Board of Education meeting last night, school officials said they plan to welcome back some students to the classroom this month.  

  • Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Champaign County — bringing the county’s total fatalities to 90.

In today’s deep dive, during several years of tit-for-tat tariffs, farmers had a response to the government’s bailout money: Trade Not Aid. Harvest Public Media explores what could be the next catch phrase from agriculture.

 217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Dave McKinney, Tim Shelley, Lee Gaines, and Amy Mayer.