• R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    In this week’s farm and rural news corral, we have info on a recent nutrient strategy field day that was well attended by Illinois farmers interested in reducing their field nutrient…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    In this week’s roundup of news for Illinois farmers and rural dwellers, we focus on the slow recovery from abysmal field conditions across the state hampering planting progress with…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    The meteorological events of the past few weeks have served as a reminder that while political shiftings and legislation affecting agriculture comes and goes with election cycles, the…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    This week’s roundup of news bits for Illinois farmers and rural dwellers features info on Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s efforts to secure funding for worn-out locks and dams on…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    With Earth Day 2017 in our rearview mirror, testimony to Illinois farmers’ commitment to land, air and water stewardship continues to pour in. We’ve got the latest info on producers’…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    This week we spotlight Earth Day (April 22) and some of the conservation farming efforts taking place throughout the state. Also in the news: pork producers from Illinois lobbied for…

STATE NEWS

Statewide unemployment rate up in December

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Jan. 22 that the unemployment rate increased 0.7 percentage point to 7.6 percent, while nonfarm payrolls were nearly unchanged,…

GOP lawmakers concerned about tax deductions bill

SPRINGFIELD — A bill endorsed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would eliminate expanded federal tax deductions for businesses created under the CARES Act, failed to pass in the lame duck…

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