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IAITC FarmWeek 2/20/2017

Monday, February 20, 2017



February 20, 2017

FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.

Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]

**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.  

http://digital.farmweeknow.com/app.php?RelId=6.2.2.7

Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions. 

Rauner calls for budget action, but big divide to cross (front page) and budget items on page 3)

  1. Governor Rauner cites two major areas of the state budget he would like to address. What are these? (Education and Transportation)
  2. How much of the Governor’s Budget is left to work with the ‘Grand Bargain’?(37.3 billion in spending minus 32.7 in revenue or 4.6 billion. )
  3. What percentage of the budget is left unfunded as part of the grand bargain?(4.6/37.3 or 12.3%
  4. Top among Governor Rauner’s budget spending includes Education Spending.What areas of spending would most impact you and why?(answers will vary)
  5. What does the proposed budget do for Agriculture?(mostly level funding)
  6. What area of agriculture funding do you most support and why?(Answers will vary)
  7. IFBurges members to contact legislators about the budget. If you were of voting age, what area of the budget would you most voice concerns about and why?(answers will vary)

 For another look at the Grand Bargain, consider looking at the OPINION Column of Eric Zorn and the Chicago Tribune.   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-grand-bargain-still-looks-to-me-like-no-deal-20170219-column,amp.html   and Tom Kacich’s News Gazette article http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-02-16/governor-has-conditions-senates-budget-grand-bargain.html

Discuss the difference between opinion and facts and your thoughts on the Illinois budget.   



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