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GOVERNOR’S RACE COULD GET PRICEY

The 2018 Illinois governor’s race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, driven by wealthy Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and top Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker. Also running with a healthy bank account is Democrat Chris Kennedy. Together, the candidates have raised more than $100 million in the past year, with most… read more

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STATE AND FEDERAL REGS HURT LOCAL PROJECTS

Rural officials say state and federal regulations are getting in the way of their ability to get local infrastructure projects done for a reasonable price. Greenville Public Works Director Bill Grider said the city’s planned sidewalk project ballooned from $100,000 to $250,000 because of state-mandated impact studies and soil samples. “We’re just installing a sidewalk,”… read more

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RECORD SOYBEAN CROP COULD SURPASS ISA EXPECTATIONS

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) may need to recalibrate its production goal for the state based on the size of the current crop. USDA this month estimated soybean production in Illinois could total nearly 601 million bushels this season. If realized, the crop would set a new state record, lead the nation and capture ISA’s… read more

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CHIPPING AWAY AT THE BILL BACKLOG

Gov. Bruce Rauner today will go to the bond market to begin borrowing $6 billion to help pay down nearly $16 billion in overdue state bills. The state will seek a total of $1.5 billion in tax-exempt general obligation bonds today, followed by another $4.5 billion in bonds next week. (Chicago Tribune)

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of FarmWeek to read stories about the Illinois soybean harvest, which remains ahead of schedule due to dry conditions; the latest Illinois soil survey which shows farmers continue to care for their soils; and Illinois students who will celebrate Great Apple Crunch Day Thursday.

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IL #PUMPKIN CROP LOOKS PROMISING

Two years after heavy rains decimated fields, the 2017 Illinois pumpkin crop is looking better than average. “We got started in early July this year, so a good, early start,” said Jim Ackerman, an agriculture manager at Libby’s in Morton. “We’re about half done with harvest, so that’s a good place to be.” (State Journal-Register)

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#FARMERS WORK TO KEEP #WATER CLEAN

Farmers, ag organizations and agencies gathered Monday to watch as a woodchip bioreactor was installed on Todd VerHeecke’s farm in Geneseo. The bioreactor, which will scrub water of nutrients before it enters local waterways, is the first of its kind in Henry County. (KWQC)

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CEOs: IL IS BAD FOR BUSINESS

A recent survey of CEOs and leaders responsible for choosing new business locations ranked Illinois as one of the least-attractive locations in the nation. In the survey, 29% of respondents who said Illinois was the worst cited the state’s dysfunctional or corrupt government, an unfavorable tax climate and fiscal challenges at the state level. (Illinois… read more

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#Harvest17: Crop Condition & Progress

Statewide, #corn harvest reached 11% completed and #soybean harvest sits at 9% complete for the week ending Sept. 24. There 6.7 were days suitable for fieldwork during the week. Statewide, the average temperature was 76.8 degrees, 14.3 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.59 inches, 0.20 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 32… read more

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STATE’S PENSION DEBT COULD SINK AMAZON DEAL

When a business such as Amazon looks at locating in Illinois, the state’s pension liabilities could send it elsewhere. So say experts and lawmakers. Illinois is expected to bid to attract Amazon’s HQ2 and its 50,000 jobs. (Illinois News Network)

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