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217 Today: In rural communities, LGBTQ farmers are becoming more visible

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois college students and people who work in higher education in the state will no longer face COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
  • Last week, Judge Lisa Holder White was sworn in as the first Black woman justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. She said her time as both a prosecutor and public defender has informed her philosophy.
  • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is taking his political show on the road once again.
  • Federal money will be used to help improve access to food for people in Illinois. The Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University will receive $200,000 to address rural and urban “food deserts” across the state.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear about how LGBTQ farmers and the difference they’re making in rural communities.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Harrison Malkin, Dave McKinney, Herb Trix and Catherine Wheeler.

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Severe storms possible Thursday 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.