Black farmers see new opportunities in the budding industrial hemp industry

Just northwest of Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, past Mennonites in horse-drawn buggies, there’s a curvy road that leads to a forgotten piece of Missouri’s Black history – Lake Placid. The Black-owned cabin retreat thrived in the mid-1900s. P.C. Turner, a doctor from Kansas City, designed it as a place of restoration and refuge for […]

After the Madigan charges, Democrats lack an appetite for new ethics reform this spring

SPRINGFIELD — The day a 22-count federal corruption indictment came down against former Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, those controlling Illinois’ state government quickly reacted to the horrors of the racketeering and bribery allegations. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker called the charges “deplorable and a stark violation of the public’s trust” and touted how state ethics […]