A legislative hearing is conducted on an anti-wage theft bill. Participating as proponents during the hearing are Don Chartier, founder of HourVoice and Clint Brown, representative from Local 881, a labor union.
Sean Tenner
June 27, 2017

Illinois Issues: Legislative Checklist

In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s order for a 10-day special session, the General Assembly returned to Springfield this week to focus on crafting a budget. Three weeks ago, legislators tried to beat the end of the official spring legislative session and worked to pass measures on a wide range of issues.


A barn with an American flag painted on the side sits on High Cross Road east of Urbana, Ill., in Champaign County.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
June 25, 2017

Foreign Investment In U.S. Farmland On The Rise

In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui acquired more than 146,000 acres of farmland across the United States, worth more than $500 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The deal made Shuanghui, now the WH Group Limited, into one of the biggest foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land, according to an analysis of that same data.


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