The work-in-progress 2015 Illinois State Fair butter cow is unveiled at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
August 25, 2015

Illinois State Fair Attendance Down

Despite ideal weather, State Fair officials report fewer than 412,000 people attended this year.  The state provided no explanation for the figure that was less than half the 961,000 who attended as recently as two years ago.


A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.


Indian Farm
Courtesy of Alan Guebert
July 17, 2015

Agriculture Will Return To ‘The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey”

Alan Guebert has written a syndicated newspaper column about agriculture for about 20 years. Several of those columns have recounted what life was like on the “Southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth” – near St. Louis – and the beloved great uncle who came to “help.” At his daughter’s suggestion, the two of them have gathered those stories into a book, The Land of Milk And Uncle Honey. 


The door on a grain bin remains open following an accident in Story County, Iowa on July 11, 2005, which killed a 72-year-old Nevada, Iowa man after he and two others were loading a semitrailer with grain.
(AP Photo/Iowa State Daily, Morris L. Manning)
July 09, 2015

Illinois Court Upholds Ruling In Fatal Grain Bin Accident

An appellate court upheld the $16 million judgment awarded to two families after the 2010 accident in northwest Illinois that claimed two lives.  A third co-worker survived.


Muncie Farm in Danville with several inches of standing water. Danville received 12.78 inches of rain in June
(Photo: Darrell Hoemann)
June 30, 2015

June Is The Fourth Wettest Month On Record

There was no shortage of rain this month, but rather a shortage of drainage solutions. Collectively, Illinois received 8.9 inches of rainfall in June making it the wettest June on record and the fourth wettest month in the state's history according to records dating back to 1895. Currently, the wettest month on record happened in September of 1926 when 9.26 inches of rainfall fell over Illinois.


n this Nov. 27, 2013 file photo, Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert hold their Illinois marriage license at their home in Chicago following their marriage by a Cook County judge. They were granted an exception to marry before Illinois' law formally
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
June 26, 2015

Illinois, Indiana Reax To High Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Advocates in Illinois are celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.  Equality Illinois says the ruling sends a powerful message that LGBT Americans "should be treated equally and justly in all facets of life.''


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