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Tag Archives: Illinois

#PORK WORRIES

#Illinois pork producers are concerned about a proposed 25 percent Chinese tariff on American pork imports. It would be bad news for Illinois, which is the fourth-largest pork producing U.S. state and China’s second largest pig market. (Illinois News Network)

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GUN CONTROL BILLS ADVANCE

A range of gun control measures passed the Illinois House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, setting the table for votes before the full House and Senate on Wednesday. The bills would ban body armor and high-capacity gun magazines, address mental health issues, and raise the legal age for buying assault weapons. (The State Journal-Register)

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RE-OPENING

#Illinois’ executive mansion in Springfield is scheduled to re-open for public tours on July 14, marking the end of a $15 million renovation. The governor’s mansion was last restored in 1972. (Chicago Tribune)

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SILICON VALLEY OF THE MIDWEST

A family company started by a farmer grew over a quarter century to become a recognized name in agriculture across the nation. Now that Tremont, IL-based Precision Planting has been acquired by AGCO, the focus will shift from farm components to software development and global innovation. (Journal Star)

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#SCOTUS HEARS #ILLINOIS CASE

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday watched U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a union fees case sparked by one of his first actions as governor. Rauner said afterward that the case is about free speech and that government employee union contributions to politicians are tantamount to bribes. (Tribune News Service)

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FARM BILL WISH LIST

Central #Illinois farmers have a simple message for Congress and the president on one of the most complicated pieces of legislation in Washington: Get it done this year and don’t take any steps backward. (The Pantagraph)

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BLACK VULTURES HUNTING LIVESTOCK

Cattle farmers in southern Illinois are facing a threat from the skies. Vultures that swoop down and prey on young calves are raiding a growing number of farms. (Herald & Review News Service)

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CONGRESSMAN LEARNS ABOUT FARMERS’ NEEDS

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Manteno, visited an Ogle County farm last week where he toured a wean-to-finish, multi-site hog operation and discussed trade and the farm bill. The congressman learned about manure application, safety, and animal care, as well as the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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RAUNER: AG DRIVES ILLINOIS

Gov. Bruce Rauner linked a strong Illinois economy to a healthy agriculture industry and promoted his budget plan during a visit Thursday to GROWMARK. He also highlighted several themes from his state budget message, especially the need to reduce income and property taxes. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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#FLOOD THREAT

Snow melt and a surge of rain are expected to raise the level of the Illinois River by 10 feet by this weekend. That may cause flooding in the Peoria area and other Illinois communities. (Peoria Journal Star)

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