image of chicken parts

Photo illustration by Darrell Hoemann

February 06, 2015 - News Local/State

USDA Targets Salmonella In Chicken Wings And Other Poultry Parts

Chicken wings and ground turkey may become safer if the U.S. Department of Agriculture passes new standards to limit the presence of salmonella. According to government reports, poultry products cause more food-borne illness deaths than any other commodity.


Farmer Jenny Mennenga holds soybean seeds at her family farm near LeRoy, Ill., on Jan. 26, 2015.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

February 05, 2015 - News Local/State

Monsanto Inches Closer To Biggest Biotech Launch In Company’s History

To counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops. But – citing environmental and sustainability concerns – critics argue that step forward is actually a substantial leap back.


Tuesday photo of Illinois Senator Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

February 05, 2015 - News Local/State

Illinois Senate Approves Raising Minimum Wage To $11 By 2019

A day after Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a 7-year time frame to bring Illinois' minimum wage to $10 an hour, the Illinois Senate approved a plan that would make that happen by 2017.


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