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217 Today: Drought lingers in parts of the Midwest and Great Plains. ‘You have to have some hope’

Farmer Mark Mueller looks over a field he’s turning back into native wetlands.
/ Harvest Public Media Mark Mueller looks over a field he’s set aside to return to native wetland in order to better conserve and filter water. The fourth generation farmer in Bremer County, Iowa, is dealing with dry conditions for a third year.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Republicans are glad the state is getting sued over a new law that changes how candidates are selected for elections.
  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office is patting itself on the back for keeping people enrolled in Medicaid coverage.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how some farmers in the Midwest are adapting as they enter a third year of drought.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman and Graint Winterer.

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Democrat Diane Marlin is confirming what she has been talking about for more than a year: she’ll step down as Urbana mayor when her current term ends next spring.

“After 8 years on City Council and 8 years as mayor, 16 in city government, is a good long run,” Marlin said in an interview with Illinois Public Media.