Shoppers pick through season-end tomatoes at the Chicago Farmers market in Federal Plaza Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, in Chicago. The market is open on Tuesdays through the end of October.
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
July 16, 2014

Will California Drought Prompt More Midwest Agriculture?

At a Chicago area farmers market in July you won’t see many signs of the California drought. This is the time of year when produce lovers can pretty much gorge on all the local cherries, blueberries and zucchini they want.


June 20, 2014

New Law Improves Oversight Of Used Tire Sites

A measure adding teeth to the supervision of tire processing centers is now law.  Governor Pat Quinn Thursday signed a bill brought on by a June 2013 fire at a facility in Hoopeston. 


Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, during an Illinois Senate Energy Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Springfield, Ill.
(Seth Perlman/AP)
June 18, 2014

Illinois Test Runs Earthquake Response

Emergency responders from Illinois and nearby states are spending this week preparing for the possibility of a natural disaster that sounds out-of-place for the Midwest -  an earthquake.


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