• Cool wet weather hampering harvest efforts

    by  • September 17, 2014

    Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have put farmers behind schedule in bringing their corn in from the fields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Illinois corn growers through Sunday had only managed to harvest 2 percent of their crop, down 12 percentage points from the average of the previous five years, the...

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    Striking teachers serve lunches to students as contract negotiations continue

    by  • September 17, 2014

    HIGHLAND (AP) — A teacher strike in southwestern Illinois’ Highland School District continued for the fifth day Wednesday as union representatives negotiated with district officials. The union president submitted a new contract proposal to the school board Tuesday night, after teachers rejected a previous offer Sunday, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. All seven school board...

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    Rauner disagrees with Quinn’s support of medical pot

    by  • September 17, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he wouldn’t have signed legislation creating Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program because it includes a secret process for deciding who may grow and sell the drug. Rauner said it’s “another hallmark” of a culture of corruption under democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. He said the...

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