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Lee Co. farmers learn about 2018 Farm Bill programs

SUBLETTE – Farmers of Lee County gathered at Rod’s Seed Building in Sublette to learn more about the farm programs of the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA’s Lee County Executive Director Jerald B. Quinton broke down four programs, Price Loss Coverage, Ag Risk County Coverage, Ag Risk Individual

Local unemployment rates down again

CHICAGO – Statewide and local unemployment rates made a small decrease, but are now back to similar numbers seen in the spring. Local rates have remained steady throughout the summer, but the reduction experienced for the month of August takes numbers back even further to those of May,

US vaping illness count jumps to 805, deaths rise to 12

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 12, health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 805 confirmed and probable cases have been reported, up 52% from the

Former economic development chief pleads guilty to theft

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The former chief executive officer of a central Illinois economic development organization has pleaded guilty to a theft charge for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from it. Eric Berglund of Springfield was sentenced to two years’ probation Wednesday and a

Senators urge review after mumps cases at immigrant center

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Congressmen and senators from Illinois are urging a review of health policies after a mumps outbreak at a northern Illinois county jail that houses immigrant detainees. Health officials confirmed six mumps cases earlier this month at McHenry County Jail, which contracts

Man guilty of hate crime for confronting woman over T-shirt

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been found guilty of a hate crime. Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines was convicted Wednesday for confronting Mia Irizarry over the shirt. The 25-year-old Irizarry

17 states sue feds over Endangered Species Act rules

  SEATTLE (AP) — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco,