image of chicken parts
Photo illustration by Darrell Hoemann
February 06, 2015

USDA Targets Salmonella In Chicken Wings And Other Poultry Parts

Chicken wings and ground turkey may become safer if the U.S. Department of Agriculture passes new standards to limit the presence of salmonella. According to government reports, poultry products cause more food-borne illness deaths than any other commodity.


Farmer Jenny Mennenga holds soybean seeds at her family farm near LeRoy, Ill., on Jan. 26, 2015.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
February 05, 2015

Monsanto Inches Closer To Biggest Biotech Launch In Company’s History

To counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops. But – citing environmental and sustainability concerns – critics argue that step forward is actually a substantial leap back.


President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address Tuesday.
(AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)
January 20, 2015

Durbin, Shimkus React To Obama’s SOTU Address

The two parties remain largely divided on the goals President Obama discussed in Tuesday's State of the Union address.  We gauged reaction from area lawmakers.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner after swearing in ceremonies in the Senate chambers Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
January 14, 2015

Human Services Advocates Address Rauner Spending Freeze

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Services, which represents a number of human services agencies around the state, expects the 'non-essential' areas to include consulting contracts.


a stethoscope sitting on a computer keyboard
January 13, 2015

Urbana Mayor Wants Healthcare Costs Studied

Healthcare costs in East Central Illinois are 35 percent higher than they are in Chicago, according to a new study. While those costs may be fixed for now, Urbana's mayor wants to do something about it.


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