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LAWMAKER EXODUS

The long-running political battle between Illinois’ Republican governor and Democratic House speaker has resulted in a war of attrition in Springfield. From Governor Rauner’s inauguration in January 2015 to the conclusion of next fall’s elections, 36 percent of seats in the House and nearly a quarter of Senate seats will have new occupants. (Chicago Tribune)

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IFB, PARTNERS FOCUS ON WOODCHIP BIOREACTOR IN NUTRIENT PLAN

Edge-of-field practices to capture and treat nutrient runoff play an important role in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. That role is key for a new edge-of-field partnership joining IFB with others to install and discuss a woodchip bioreactor at an upcoming event. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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#TAX REVENUE NOT HELPING BILL BACKLOG

Revenue from the state income tax increase is coming in, but it isn’t make much of a dent in the bill backlog. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said that base revenue has increased by more than $800 million in August over the same time last year, but according to the comptroller’s office, the… read more

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IFB MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT WHITE HOUSE

IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. called on members to contact the White House and urge President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Korean-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. “Illinois farmers cannot afford to withdraw from the Korean Free Trade Agreement,” he said. “We have too much at stake. Please tell President Trump that we need every… read more

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NOT BAD, BUT NOT GOOD, EITHER

Following its annual crop projections tour of corn and soybean producing states, Pro Farmer is estimating Illinois corn yields to total 181 bushels per acre this fall, down from 194 last year. Scouts cited fields suffering from nitrogen deficiencies and a lack of rainfall as the reason for the decreased bushel-per-acre average. (Illinois News Network)

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RAUNER TO SIGN ED FUNDING BILL TODAY

Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected today to sign the sweeping school funding bill passed by the Illinois House and Senate earlier this week. A compromise between Republican and Democratic lawmakers, the bill includes tax credits to support private school tuition, the relaxation of some unfunded mandates, and the potential for residents of well-funded school districts… read more

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LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TALKS ON SCHOOL FUNDING

#Illinois’ legislative leaders are set to meet again today on possible solutions to the state’s school funding impasse. The meeting, which will be held in Chicago, will include discussions on whether Chicago Public Schools can raise property taxes further and whether school districts should be required to provide daily physical education classes. (Chicago Tribune)

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FAIRGROUNDS FOUNDATION SEES PROGRESS

An 11-member foundation board organized a year ago to raise funds for much needed repairs to the Springfield and Du Quoin fairgrounds. The foundation has gained tax exempt status and has launched a website to accept donations. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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IL MISSES FIRST PAYMENT TO SCHOOLS

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sent $429 million in overdue payments to Illinois school districts Thursday in an effort to provide them with some cash instead of missing the first batch of regularly scheduled payments altogether. The state has yet to finalize its plan for divvying up educational funding, so Mendoza sent “categorical” payments that cover… read more

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HIGH NOON

Lawmakers had until noon today to send SB1, the education funding bill, to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk to avert his calling them into a special session. Not surprisingly, the Senate did not send the bill which means lawmakers will return to Springfield Wednesday for the start of their special session. Rauner has said he’ll use amendatory… read more

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