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USDA designates Champaign & Vermilion counties as primary natural disaster areas

After severe droughts in July and August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Champaign and Vermilion counties as primary natural disaster areas. With that announcement, farmers with 30% crop loss, can apply for low-interest, emergency loans. This can help replace equipment or refinance certain debts. John Gehrke heads the loan program at the USDA Illinois […]

WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times Poll: Democrats have wide leads over Republicans for statewide offices

CHICAGO — Democrats appear in little danger of losing control of statewide offices three weeks from now, with the party’s candidates for Illinois secretary of state, attorney general, comptroller and treasurer all holding sizable leads over their Republican rivals in a new WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times Poll. In two of those races, Democrats hold double-digit advantages over […]

Democrats are counting on Duckworth to help them keep control of the U.S. Senate

NORTHBROOK — On a Saturday a few weeks before next month’s election, almost all of the biggest names in Illinois politics went to a hotel ballroom in Northbrook for a luncheon organized by the Northfield Township Democrats. Among the top-of-the-ticket candidates at that event in the northern suburbs of Chicago were Cook County Board President […]