Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick lettuce, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. But a program that helps field workers, like Raul Murillo, start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.
With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the Kaiser Family Foundation says Champaign County will see the highest percentage growth in the state of people signing up for Medicaid, with 15,000 new enrollees.
Staffers with the cities of Champaign and Urbana will quickly tweak language in a plan to shift operations of the local Big Broadband project to a non-profit entity.
Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him -- aiding the enemy -- a charge that carried a potential life sentence.
The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's halting lawmaker pay over the state's pension gridlock.
Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to meet again within two weeks to continue substantive negotiations on a so-far elusive peace deal. He said the sides had set a goal for a nine-month deadline for reaching a pact.
The enactment of Illinois’ concealed carry law means a new curriculum for police on how to deal with armed citizens.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is a big win for same-sex married couples. The ruling also opens up a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.
A group of central Illinois Democrats, as well as some in agriculture and academics. are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.
A study of fish in small Illinois streams shows the level of mercury pollution is small when compared to the past century - but still traceable in sites throughout the state.