Sarah Gilbert checks on one of the calves on her dairy farm in Hardin County, Iowa.
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Farm, Food, Forestry And More On The Table In The Next Federal Farm Bill

In the coming months, Congress will map out how it’ll spend upwards of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years.

The massive piece of legislation known as the farm bill affects all taxpayers — whether they know it or not — and runs the gamut from farm safety net and conservation programs to food stamps and loan guarantees for rural hospitals. Since the bill hasn’t been introduced yet, now is the time when interest groups, farmers and others clamor to ensure their desires will be heard.

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
January 16, 2018

‘A Lesson For How NOT To Do Bill-Making’

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.

ISU Psychology Prof. John Pryor
Illinois State University
January 15, 2018

How Likely Is Someone To Sexually Harass Others? ISU Prof Has A Scale For That

The stories of sexual assault and harassment that emerged last year seemed to touch every industry. But why do some people, mainly men, sexually harass their colleagues? Psychologist John Pryor on the faculty at Illinois State University has created a test to measure a person's tendency to harass someone; it's called the "Likelihood to Sexually Harass Scale."

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January 14, 2018

County Treasurer Responds To “Nasty Joe” Land Case In Urbana

​In 2017, residents of the Timberline Valley South subdivision in northwest Champaign subdivision were surprised to find out their common drainage ponds had been bought up at a tax auction by a Chicago-area firm that threatened them with trespassing. Now, the same firm, Nasty Joe’s LLC, has acquired land in Urbana, and is threatening residents there.

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