Andrew Harnik/AP
January 09, 2018

Farmers On Trump’s Speech; Caterpillar’s Overseas Tax Profits; St. Louis-Chicago Amtrak; Snowy Owls

On the 21st: We check in with two Illinois farmers on their reactions to President Trump's speech yesterday at the American Farm Bureau Federation. Plus, the project to speed up Amtrak's Chicago-St. Louis route is wrapping up, and sightings of the majestic snowy owl are on the rise in Illinois. But first, Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew Tangel talks about why Caterpillar might be on the hook for $2 billion in taxes.


Soybean harvest continues just north of Mansfield, ILL on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 22, 2017

How Did The Soybean Become Such A Common Crop In The U.S.?

This story was inspired by a question submitted at a Listening Post the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting held in August. Stuart Levy in Urbana, Illinois, asked us what would be needed for row crop farmers to switch from corn and soybeans to “something more sustainable.” We dug into that question, which starts with the unlikely circumstances that turned the soybean into a multi-billion dollar industry, and what this history might reveal about the future of U.S. agriculture. 


Silos
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media
December 21, 2017

Sweeping Changes To U.S. Tax Code A Mixed Bag For Farmers, Rural Hospitals

Many rural businesses and farms will benefit from the tax overhaul passed Wednesday by Congress. But there’s a catch: If the changes fail to spur economic growth as intended, programs that rural areas rely on could be on the chopping block.


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaks about the Republican tax reform legislation currently before Congress, during his weekly briefing on Capitol Hill December 14.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
December 19, 2017

CHARTS: See How Much Of GOP Tax Cuts Will Go To The Middle Class

The Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are set to pass as soon as Tuesday night would give most Americans a tax cut next year, according to a new analysis. However, it would by far benefit the richest Americans the most. Meanwhile, many lower- and middle-class Americans would have higher taxes a decade from how...unless a future Congress extends the cuts.


Graphs showing tax brackets.
Alyson Hurt, Katie Park and Danielle Kurtzleben/NPR
December 16, 2017

CHART: How The New Version Of The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect You

On Friday evening, congressional Republicans released the final version of their tax overhaul plan. Below are two charts showing how individual filers could be affected if this bill is passed and signed into law.


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