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Our View: Illinois farmers stood to benefit from TPP

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:30:24 GMT

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement that took years to negotiate. The TPP includes Canada, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore and New Zealand.

State chamber member discusses Illinois budget, changes under Trump

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:30:23 GMT

Benjamin Brockschmidt, executive director of the Infrastructure Council and vice president of policy for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, speaks about how the state budget and President Donald Trump affect the business climate in Illinois. Brockschmidt spoke at a St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia chamber of commerce Legislative Luncheon on Jan. 19 at the Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva.

Hundreds take part in Carbondale Womena s March

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:25:04 GMT

Organizers of the event say that it was a way to show solidarity and make their voices heard on the issue of equality for all.

The Latest: Trump meets with labor leaders at White House

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:08:13 GMT

President Donald Trump is telling union leaders that he is redoing the nation's trade deals "to put a lot of people back to work." He noted that he earlier in the day signed a memorandum announcing the United States' intention to withdraw from the multi-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Northern Illinois Food Bank awarded grant from local foundation

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:08:12 GMT

Northern Illinois Food Bank will provide even more nutritious food to neighbors in need across the Rockford area this year through its Take 50 Food Program, thanks to a grant for more than $11,000 from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. "We are grateful for the continued support of and dedication to our mission shown by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois," said Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank's president and CEO.

University of Illinois Extension to host Beef Cattle Meeting

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:29:01 GMT

Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension educator, commercial agriculture, will speak during a special regional 'Beef Cattle Meeting" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby campus in Room CTC 124. The dinner meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with registration and introductions, according to a press release from the University of Illinois Extension.

Justices reject appeal over Illinois concealed-carry rules

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:17:59 GMT

Doctors say former President George H.W. Bush will soon be moved from the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital where he has been treated for pneumonia Doctors say former President George H.W. Bush will soon be moved from the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital where he has been treated for pneumonia The third and most powerful in a series of storms pounded Southern California on Sunday, dropping nearly 4 inches of rain south of Los Angeles, flooding freeways and raising concerns about damaging mudslides The tail end of a punishing winter storm system is lashing California with thunderstorms and severe winds after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves over the weekend Authorities say a severe storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded trailer homes and left scattered destruction around the South has claimed at least 18 lives ... (more)

Illinois Department of Public Health reports six cases of viral illness linked to ratteries

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:17:58 GMT

SPRINGFIELD The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting six cases of Seoul virus in individuals who had direct exposure to rats in two different Illinois ratteries. Ratteries are facilities where rats are bred.

More than 100 Illinois architects publish open letter to Trump on climate change

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:17:57 GMT

More than 120 architecture and design firms from Illinois signed an open letter last week to President Donald Trump pressing the new president on climate change and energy use. The letter originated from Architects Advocate, a group started in July by four partners at Chicago-based Krueck+Sexton Architects.

Still no plans for Illinois budget

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:40:56 GMT

Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno told the Chicago Tribune that a compromise budget deal will get a Senate vote Wednesday, but it is unknown whether the House will consider the deal. "We're not negotiating with the House or the governor," Cullerton told the Chicago Tribune.

Re: Custom Bikes Of The Week: 22 January, 2017

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:28:17 GMT

A classy Moto Guzzi Centauro from the USA, a racy BMW K100 from Japan, and a brawny Honda CB750 from Vietnam. Let's end the weekend right Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro by Craig Rodsmith The 90s isn't a decade we typically look to for donors.

STATEWISE: AFSCME strike vote is an insult to middle-class Illinoisans

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:27:41 GMT

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced its intentions Jan. 13. At the end of the month, the union will hold a vote to authorize a strike by nearly 30,000 state workers. The announcement came after the union offered weak tea compromise on contract negotiations with the state, which have dragged on for nearly two years.

Park City man finds old lotto ticket worth $50K

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:12:21 GMT

Illinois Lottery A north suburban man checked an old lottery ticket at a gas station to discover he won $50,000 in November. Cesar Pineda of Park City matched four numbers plus the Powerball in the Nov. 19 drawing, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.

Indiana prison medical chief works for private Illinois firm

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:02:45 GMT

The chief medical officer for Indiana's prison system held an overlapping position with a for-profit Illinois company that provides health care to correctional facilities in more than a dozen states. The South Bend Tribune reports Dr. Michael Mitcheff worked for Peoria, Illinois-based Advanced Correctional Healthcare while also overseeing Indiana's prison health care contract with a competing company in his $234,000 state job.

Illinois treasurer seeks payout of unclaimed life insurance

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:54:00 GMT

A measure backed by the Illinois treasurer could help ensure that insurance companies have paid out money properly to beneficiaries of life insurance policies. The Journal Star reports the proposed legislation would require companies to examine the past 20 years of their records to ensure that money was distributed properly.

Illinois Loses 16,700 Jobs in Face of New Tax Hike Proposals

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:23:49 GMT

Illinois Policy Institute N ew Illinois jobs data reveal a state with thousands of job losses, unemployment rising to 5.7 percent, a collapsing manufacturing sector, and several downstate communities sliding back into recession - all of which make the Illinois Senate's new tax hike proposal especially harmful.

Large crowds turn out for women's marches across Illinois

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:15:01 GMT

CHICAGO – Dorothy DeCarlo burned her bra during college 50 years ago to fight for women's rights. As she stood among a sea of people gathered for a women's rally and march in downtown Chicago on Saturday, she carried a sign that stated: "I can't believe I still have to protest this [expletive]." "I thought we took the bruises.