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217 Today: Climate change affects largest maple syrup producer in Illinois

The maple syrup evaporator at Funks Grove is used to concentrate sugar from sap.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • Republicans in the Illinois Senate say they want a chance for their legislation to be heard – particularly when it comes to victims’ rights.
  • Cook County Health has received nearly $1 million to replace aging equipment for the most vulnerable newborns.
  • A new student ensemble at the University of Illinois is using different instruments to diversify the selections performed by the School of Music.
  • Federal prosecutors are laying out their closing arguments against four former Commonwealth Edison executives and lobbyists accused of bribery.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear about how climate change is affecting a generations-old Illinois maple syrup business.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Jennifer Fuller, Kristen Schorsch, Luis Velazquez, Dave McKinney and Charlie Schlenker.

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Sydney Wood

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