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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Democrats who control the General Assembly are already facing legal challenges from Republicans and Latino voting rights groups over new legislative maps the majority party passed earlier this year.

  • University of Illinois wheelchair athletes Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk both finished second yesterday at the Boston Marathon, less than 24 hours after winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

  • Cherokee citizen and Illinois businessman Andrew Johnson is working to change the fact that Illinois state employees don’t look like the people who live here– especially of the state’s Indigenous peoples.

In today’s deep dive, in one Midwestern elementary school, students take care of chickens, pigs, sheep and goats. As Harvest Public Media’s Katie Peikes reports, they’ve built chicken coops and sheep pens near their playgrounds in ways that seem to pay off in the classroom.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Emily Hays and Katie Peikes.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.