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.

Paris Community Hospital in Paris, Illinois
(Paris Community Hospital)
July 20, 2015

Paris, Ill. Hospital Is Latest To Join Carle Rural Alliance

Paris Community Hospital in Edgar County is the latest small hospital to join a lineup of small downstate facilities that are coordinating their care with the larger Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Outside PharmaCann's medical marijuana cultivation site in Dwight, which could begin growing the product by mid-August.
(Norah Scott, PharmaCann)
July 19, 2015

Medical Marijuana Company Looks To Start Growing

Oak Park-based PharmaCann will operate two cultivation sites and three dispensaries.  A site for growing its first crops in Livingston County could start operations as soon as mid-August after going through state inspection last week.

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. 

Kristina Rath, whose 11-year old son is autistic, gets emotional when addressing a group at Champaign's Developmental Services Center Monday.
(Masaki Sugimoto/WILL)
June 29, 2015

Champaign Social Service Groups Issue Plea To Rauner

About 70 people attended a Monday news conference held by Champaign-Urbana Democratic lawmakers Carol Ammons and Scott Bennett.  They say Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to set aside his agenda of business reforms and negotiate for social services that stand to lose funding by the new fiscal year Wednesday.

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