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217 Today: Illinois Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski proposes bill to increase agricultural research funding

U.S. Rep. Nikki Budzinski of Springfield proposed the “America Grows Act" to help increase spending for agriculture.

August 30, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • A community collaborative is working to assess the needs of people who are struggling to receive long-term care in Champaign County.
  • Illinois’ governor is asking the Biden administration to allow the thousands of migrants in Chicago who are seeking asylum to hold jobs.
  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced more funding for mental health access in agriculture communities through the Farm Family Resource Initiative.
  • The criminal case against the father of the alleged gunman in the Highland Park mass shooting is moving forward.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll listen to a conversation with Nikki Budzinski of Springfield about the America Grows Act and its potential impact.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Mae Antar, Jim Meadows, Mawa Iqbal and Patrick Smith.

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