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217 Today: New initiative aims to welcome more people of color to farmers markets

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • State lawmakers recently approved a measure waiving school fees for students experiencing homelessness and it’s waiting for the governor’s signature.

  • A proposal headed to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk would allow Illinoisans 18 and older to get credentialed for a school paraprofessional job.

  • Tenured and non-tenured faculty at Northern Illinois University picketed Wednesday to protest the university’s refusal to bargain with them.

  • As the Illinois legislative session ended last week, Senators from both sides of the aisle passed a bill to increase Black farm ownership in Illinois.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about a new initiative that aims to welcome more people of color into farmers markets across the Midwest.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Caroline Kubzansky, Peter Medlin and Dana Cronin.

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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