Nicholas Weible, offers his mom, Wendy Smith a tissue during the memorial service for his father, Christopher Weible, held at First Christian Church in Quincy, on April 20.
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May 04, 2018

Adams Co. Coroner To Poor: Pay $1000 Or County Keeps Remains

Adams County Coroner James Keller is facing sharp criticism for how he handles poor people who can't afford to bury their loved ones: He has them sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate, then cremates the body and keeps the ashes until the family pays $1,000.


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, shown in Denver in April 2018, said he believes the farm bill will be passed before the September deadline.
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April 30, 2018

Ag Secretary Confident Trump Will Help Push Farm Bill Across Finish Line

The farm bill traditionally is a bipartisan effort, but House Republicans’ proposed changes to the main federal food-aid program in this year’s version has struck a nerve. To move it through efficiently, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’ll appeal to President Donald Trump.


Participants in a poverty simulation
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February 07, 2018

Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy. But Do They Work?

About 100 teachers and support staff recently gathered in a junior high school in central Illinois to take on the roles of people living in poverty. It’s part of a poverty simulation used by schools across the country that’s supposed to challenge stereotypes. But some say it takes more than a one-time simulation to change attitudes and behaviors.


Diane Doherty, executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition, says cutting back on benefits like food stamps, can increase food insecurity for many in the state.
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January 25, 2018

State Of Trump: Concerns For Illinois’ Low Income Families

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state and what might be ahead. Diane Doherty is the executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition. She talks about federally funded programs for low-income individuals — such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and their future in 2018.


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