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217 Today: Drag star Alaska talks Pygmalion, drag bans

Drag queen Alaska placed second on RuPaul's Drag RaceSeason 5 and won RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2, but she's also released albums such as "Red 4 Filth" and "Poundcake."

September 15, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The Fighting Illini football team plays their first Big Ten Conference game of the season Saturday against the Penn State Nittany Lions.
  • The Danville Symphony Orchestra is getting ready for its first season since the retirement of longtime music director Jeremy Swerling.
  • Parents and students from Chicago Catholic schools are calling on state lawmakers to save a controversial private school scholarship program.
  • Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton is back from Japan, where she pitched Illinois as ripe for clean energy investment.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll listen to a conversation with RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Alaska about her upcoming performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Colin Hislope, Jim Meadows, Nereida Moreno, Mawa Iqbal and Owen Henderson.

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National Weather Service forecast map for June 13, 2024

Severe storms possible Thursday afternoon, 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.