Still Right Twice A Day: Visitors look at the Ohio Clock outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill Sunday. The clock that has stood watch over the Senate for 196 years stopped running shortly after noon Wednesday. Employees who wind the clock weekly
(Jose Luis Magana/AP)
October 14, 2013

Reid And McConnell Cite ‘Progress’ As Default Deadline Looms

The House and Senate were in session on Columbus Day, the 14th day of the federal government shutdown. A meeting that had been arranged between President Obama, Vice President Biden and the four main leaders of Congress was postponed, as the White House cited the progress being made in negotiations.

Agribusiness giant ADM recently opened a 275-acre container shipping rail yard near Decatur, Ill., in part to export more grain.
(Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)
October 14, 2013

Shipping Containers Can Open Export Market To Farmers

A huge new rail yard has been buzzing on the outskirts of Decatur, Ill. Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently opened the 275-acre facility that would be at home at any major port city on the coast. But it’s in the heart of Illinois farm country because farmers have been taking advantage of a new method of shipping out their products.

pension committee
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
October 13, 2013

Illinois Pension Panel Split On Proposed Fix

The Illinois Legislature's fall veto session is just a week away, but a committee tasked with the solving the state's enormous pension problem is divided. 

October 13, 2013

Xerox: Access Restored For Food Stamp Users

Shoppers in Illinois and 16 other states should be able to use their debit-style food stamp cards after vendor Xerox Corp. restored service following a system outage. 

October 13, 2013

Solar Farm Project At U Of I Delayed

The installation of a 20.5-acre solar farm at the University of Illinois is being pushed back after questions about the project and its review process.

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