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Illinois Supreme Court denies back pay suit

PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued that the…

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How major US stock indexes fared

On Thursday: The S&P 500 fell 31.94 points, or 0.8%, to 3,757.99. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 107.10 points, or 0.4%, to 30,076.68. The Nasdaq fell 153.39 points, or 1.4%, to 11,066.81. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 39.85 points, or 2.3%, to 1,722.31. For the week: The S&P 500 is down…

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BC-Cash Prices, 1st Ld-Writethru,0343

Foods Broilers national comp wtd av 1.24261.2426 Eggs large white NY Doz. 3.783.63 Flour hard winter KC cwt 23.4023.10 Cheddar Cheese Chi. 40 block per lb. 2.63122.6312 Coffee parana ex-dock NY per lb. 2.22482.1832 Coffee medlin ex-dock NY per lb. 2.97102.9315 Cocoa beans NY per ton 23212360 Cocoa butter African styl $ met ton 50005000…

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Police: Inmates got out of Illinois jail with pandemic loans

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — More than two dozen people have been charged in Illinois with fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief money, with authorities alleging that some of them were behind bars when they used their relief money to post bond and free themselves from jail. Joliet Police Chief William Evans said Wednesday that 25 people were…

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Boy shot in July 4 parade massacre returns home to family

CHICAGO (AP) — An 8-year-old suburban Chicago boy is back home after more than two months of treatment for severe injuries he sustained during the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, his family said Thursday. Cooper Roberts was taken to Highland Park Hospital, where he underwent a life-saving surgery, then spent in-patient…

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Are farmland values near a plateau?

DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek  Farmland values continued to climb the first half of 2022 in Illinois, according to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA). But ISPFMRA members are split in their opinions on whether the market is near a plateau or will continue to rise into 2023, based on the group’s…

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Loan or lease? Farm equipment market remains tight

DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Tightening farm margins haven’t slowed many farmers from purchasing new equipment heading into harvest. The big question remains availability of products as tight supplies continue to expand wait times for new equipment and maintain pressure on the used market. “The amount of equipment pre-sold before it’s even built is more than I’ve…

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Profit Watch: Another expensive crop

DELOSS JAHNKE FarmWeek Farmers are getting ready to harvest the most expensive crop they’ve ever planted. Most, if not all, inputs were more expensive, from fertilizer to fungicide to fuel. Thankfully, farmers have solid commodity prices as we head to harvest, with fall cash corn bids better than $6 per bushel, and soybean bids still…

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USDA survey finds farmers markets trends

Kay Shipman FarmWeek A 2019 National Farmers Market Survey conducted by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the National Agricultural Statistical Service collected data regarding management practices from 10,000 farmers markets. Using the trends and statistics found, AMS and Wheaton College created research briefs highlighting results and sharing insights into the trajectory for farmers…

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Two claim giant Mega-Million lottery jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket to the late July drawing was sold in a Chicago suburb, opting to take a lump sum payment of $780.5 million, lottery officials said Wednesday. The Illinois Lottery said the prize for the…

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