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217 Today: Ford’s new electric F-150 pickup truck could push old-school drivers to go electric

Monday, April 11, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois lawmakers wrapped up their spring session a few weeks early this year to hit the campaign trail.
  • A portion of Interstate 72 could be named after fallen Champaign police officer Chris Oberheim, who was shot and killed last May while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
  • The Farmers Market Coalition has launched a new anti-racist toolkit.
  • Students gathered at the University of Illinois Arboretum Sunday to celebrate the Hindu festival Holi.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about Ford’s efforts to transition its iconic F-150 truck from a gas guzzler to an electric vehicle and if it has the potential to convert rural drivers to electric.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Dana Cronin, Jacqueline Barba and Elizabeth Rembert.

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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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