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217 Today: Efforts to tag monarchs carry into a third decade — tracking the butterfly’s ‘amazing migration’

A butterfly is caught as part of a recent tagging event at the De Soto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. In the last three decades, thousands of volunteers have helped tag butterflies to gather more information about their journey to Mexico.

October 20, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • There’s a new deadline coming up for undocumented residents 65 or older who want health insurance through the state of Illinois.
  • With just five months to go until the 2024 Presidential primaries, Illinois election authorities are tightening up security at the polls and online.
  • Cook County leaders want to expand opioid treatment for people who are pregnant or on the waitlist at the county jail.
  • The last living eyewitness to Emmett Till’s kidnapping told his story to a Southern Illinois University equity symposium Thursday in Collinsville.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about the non-profit group Monarch Watch and how volunteers help scientists learn more about monarch butterflies’ migration to Mexico.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Alex Degman, Kristen Schorsch, Will Bauer and Sheila Brummer.

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Stephanie Mosqueda

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