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Tag Archives: Illinois

#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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BT RESISTANCE SPREADING

#Farmers should formulate an integrated pest-management plan now if they don’t already have one, says Nick Seiter, University of Illinois entomologist. “One of the big concerns now is Bt resistance management,” Seiter said, referring to some corn rootworm populations in the Midwest. He offered tips to prevent the spread of resistance during this week’s Illinois… read more

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VEHICLE RECALLS

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Spokeswoman Kim Biggs says one of four vehicles on the road in Illinois has an open recall. Drivers can visit a website to check their vehicle status. (Illinois News Network)

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CHEAPER POWER?

The newly passed tax law could mean cheaper utility bills for consumers. Electric companies in several states – including Illinois – have announced plans to pass their tax cuts on to consumers through lower rates. State regulators say they’ll make sure that actually happens. (The New York Times)

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STATE FAIR BUILDING REPAIRS

Another building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds needs emergency repairs to avoid a roof collapse. The Capital Development Board is seeking emergency repairs for Barn 13 – which is adjacent to the already closed Coliseum. (The State Journal-Register)

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DROPPING ENROLLMENT

For the past several years, Illinois has been losing more college students than any state except New Jersey. Last year, as higher education was starved by the state budget impasse, that trend continued. (NPR Illinois)

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ANGST AND POTENTIAL

A year after high-profile protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, Illinois farmers complain about damaged crops, unusable fields, lowered property values and the changed character of the land. For the town of Patoka, the pipeline’s endpoint, the project represents jobs and an economic boost. (Chicago Tribune)

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SURPRISE YIELD

Few farmers expected a record-breaking year after heavy spring rains during key growth stages, but that’s exactly what happened as Illinois wheat growers averaged 76 bushels per acre in 2017, beating the previous year’s record by 2 bushels. “Yields were very good. Quality was excellent,” said Dave DeVore, of Siemer Milling in Teutopolis. “I’m a… read more

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2018 PREVIEW: ELECTIONS AND MORE

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois, from whether voters give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a second term to whether Amazon chooses the state for its second headquarters and 50,000 new jobs. Some high-profile court cases will also move forward. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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RAUNER’S TOP TEN

A list of top ten accomplishments released by Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign on Monday left many of his political foes scratching their heads. “Historic education funding reform” tops the list, which also includes creating clean energy jobs and vetoing House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed tax hike. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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