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217 Today: Illinois landowners oppose proposed plans to capture and store carbon dioxide underground

Lee and Karen Brocklesby stand on their farm in Christian County, Illinois, where they had solar panels installed in 2019. Karen has become a vocal opponent of plans to inject CO2 from ethanol plants underground in Illinois.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • A fundraising scandal at Illinois State University involves a prominent CEO, a private jet – and a trip to an Indianapolis strip club.
  • Hundreds of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans rallied in Springfield on Tuesday to call for state agencies to offer more language interpreters to help people seeking services.
  • Illinois firefighters and elected officials gathered at the state capitol on Tuesday to honor first responders killed in the line of duty.
  • Illinois’ Democratic House Speaker has removed a member of his leadership team, but she’s not going quietly.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how companies are proposing pipelines to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground in Illinois, but some landowners aren’t on board.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Mae Antar, Mawa Iqbal, Camryn Cutinello, Alex Degman and Sarah Nardi. 

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