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    Organic farm sales more than triple in Illinois

    by  • May 8, 2014 • News

    Sales at organic farms in Illinois more than tripled over a five-year period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s organic farms tallied $26.2 million in sales in 2012, up from $8.6 million in 2007. Kendra Schilling, the local food liaison for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, believes those sales won’t level off...

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    School funding measure could benefit downstate Ill.

    by  • May 8, 2014 • News

    Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. But, in what could pose a major political hurdle, a majority of school districts in the Chicago area would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis of the proposal...

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    IDOT says replacing patronage workers too costly

    by  • May 8, 2014 • News

    The Illinois transportation secretary says it would be too difficult to reopen the hiring process for jobs contested in a federal lawsuit. A Chicago lawyer has sued, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation filled hundreds of jobs without following hiring rules that ban considering politics or loyalty. The state’s personnel agency later determined that...

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