Food banks scramble to overcome snags in the supply chain and inflation

Clogged supply chains and budget-busting food prices have food banks scrambling to stock pantry shelves. That crunch comes as food banks see increased demand from families struggling to afford meals. Food banks saw a huge increase in demand at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while that’s leveled off somewhat, demand remains higher than […]

Gasoline prices are surging. Can Biden actually do something about it?

WASHINGTON — You probably don’t need a news report to tell you that gasoline prices have been surging. Prices are at a seven-year high, up more than a dollar from a year ago. Rising energy costs, including gasoline as well as natural gas and coal, are a major driver of high inflation. That’s putting pressure […]

Thanksgiving will be pricier this year, like everything from the grocery store

Making a Thanksgiving feast will cost more this year as the pandemic’s effect on the economy drives up food prices. Even economists like Curtis Dubay at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notice the difference at the grocery store. “We’re spending roughly $25 to $50 more per week on groceries for a family of five,” Dubary […]

Flash Index Shows Record Jump In Illinois Economy

URBANA — For the first time in 13 months, the Illinois economy is expanding, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index. The Flash Index reading for April is 101.5, surging above 100 for the first time since February 2020, when it was at 105.7. The COVID-19 pandemic sent the Flash Index below 100 starting […]