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217 Today: Chicago rap duo teaches students how to build rapping skills and confidence

Tuesday, June 8, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • As Illinois’ summer meals program gets underway, nonprofit groups and the Illinois Board of Education are hoping to extend a waiver that expires this month that’s made it easier for families to get food.
  • A recent study from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute estimates that gaining access to broadband increases worker salaries. 
  • Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth just returned from visiting Taiwan and South Korea where she promoted the strength of Illinois’ electric vehicle industry.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how a visit from a Chicago rap duo to a Champaign school taught students how to compose music and believe in themselves.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal.

Editor’s note: Illinois is poised to spend about $500 million dollars in federal and state money to improve broadband access. The podcast includes an incorrect dollar amount.

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