Robert Alpers tends to a calf on his central Missouri farm. His cattle operation is one of the things that has helped his family farm survive the depressed soybean market brought on by the trade war with China.

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February 08, 2019

Soybeans Singled Out In U.S.-China Trade War, But Small Farmers Bear The Brunt

In theory, closing off China’s soybean market due to the trade dispute with the U.S. on top of generally low prices for the commodity should affect all industry players, big to small. But if you’re a farmer who plants only soybeans on relatively few acres, you’re probably in trouble.


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February 06, 2019

The Messy Roots Of The U.S. Trade War With China

The U.S. trade war with China, now approaching a year, is often framed as hurting manufacturing and agriculture the most. But that’s mainly collateral damage in an international struggle over power and technology that has its roots in the Cold War, when China was still considered a largely undeveloped country.


A graph showing the Flash Index of Illinois Economic Growth over the past three years.

University of Illinois Institute of Government & Public Affairs

February 01, 2019

Flash Index Of 105.4 Shows Illinois Economy “Relatively Strong”

The Flash Index to the Illinois economy slipped a tenth of a point from December to January. But economist J. Fred Giertz says last month’s reading of 105.4 still shows “relatively strong” economic growth for the state.


State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is the chief sponsor of the minimum wage increase proposal.

Daisy Contreras/NPR Illinois

January 31, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Talks Begin In Springfield

Illinois lawmakers are moving quickly to draft a plan for a minimum wage increase. But, there are competing ideas on how to approach it. 


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