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217 Today: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

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Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Today’s headlines: 

  • By the end of the month, Democrats who control the General Assembly will approve a new map determining Illinois’ congressional district boundary lines for the next decade.

  • The Durga Puja festival took place over the weekend at the Channing-Murray Foundation in Urbana. The annual festival celebrates the Hindu goddess Durga.

  • Nearly every county in Illinois has a shortage of primary care physicians according to a new report from the Illinois Rural Health Summit.

In today’s deep dive, more Midwest farmers are turning their cornfields into chestnut trees. As Harvest Public Media’s Jonathan Ahl reports, chestnuts are a growth industry in the region, and offer an option for small-scale, low-effort and, importantly, profitable way to farm.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Olivia Vamos, Eric Schmid and Jonathan Ahl.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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