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A southern Illinois lawmaker is heralding what he calls a key investment in the future economic development of the region.

State Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg says a million dollars in capital funding has been released for the proposed river port terminal in Cairo.

In 2016, more than 10 percent of all 16-24 year olds in Illinois were both jobless and out of school.

State Sen. Dave Syverson is part of the state task force working to identify the barriers of employment holding back young adults. They met with community leaders in Rockford this week. Syverson says it's an issue far more complex than simply sending state money.

There are also a disproportionate number of black and Latino teens (16-19) and young adults (20-24) who are jobless and not in school.

Senior citizens and people with disabilities can soon start applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - or LIHEAP.

Local agencies will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance on October 1st.

A new report says Illinois state government is at “elevated risk” in the event of an economic downturn.

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A monthly index shows the Illinois economy expanding at its highest level in more than two years.

The August Flash Index topped 105, on a scale where anything above 100 reflects economic growth.

The details of the federal government’s $12 billion aid package for farmers affected by trade disputes are out — and soybean farmers are the major beneficiaries.

Back in 2012, one of the major employers in Montrose, Colorado, a sawmill, was in receivership and on the brink of collapse. At the time, local media reported that the cost of logging timber had become prohibitively expensive, and the log yard was nearly empty.  

These days, logs are stacked high next to a humming mill. Production is up 20 percent from even just 2016.

Harvest season isn’t far away for corn and soybean farmers, whose crops are worth less now than when they planted in the spring due to the United States’ trade war.

“We don't know what to think from one day to the next. It's hard to plan,” said Duane Hund, a farmer in Kansas’ Flint Hills.

Forty percent of farmers polled this summer by Farm Futures said President Donald Trump’s trade policy is permanently damaging U.S. agriculture. The scrambling of global markets is just beginning, Hund said, and pointed to the 1980 Russian grain embargo as an example.

Vienna IGA to Reopen

Aug 23, 2018

Two Vienna natives are planning to re-open the IGA store in the Johnson County town.

Chad and Chance Miles, who currently own Miles Brothers Meats in West Frankfort, will call the store Miles Brothers Foods. It will retain the familiar IGA sign.

When communities watch young people grow up, go off and never return, remaining residents and politicians often bemoan there’s been a “brain drain” — especially when such population loss means schools and businesses close.

An idea to promote locally made products and services and bring those together with customers face to face in one place, will come to fruition this weekend at the first ever Southern Illinois Made Expo.  Several years ago, Illinois 59th State Senator Dale Fowler began brainstorming with southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce for ways to make customers aware of products and services which are based in southern Illinois.  Senator Fowler says he is happily surprised at the response from local businesses who have signed up to be at the Marion Pavilion.  Fowler says 100 to 150 local businesses will be set up.  Jennifer Olson, President and CEO of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce says southern Illinois towns should realize that they are not competing with each other for jobs and products, but instead  with the growing cities that the area is losing talented young people  and businesses to.

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President Donald Trump will be visiting a Metro East steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

How would you feel if your hometown was called the most boring city in the state?

Cape Girardeau Missouri found out this year when the website business insider published a list of the most exciting and most boring cities in every sate.

The Illinois attorney general is investigating fast food restaurants over hiring practices.

At issue are so-called no-poaching agreements. That’s where restaurant franchisees are prohibited from hiring people away from other franchise owners.

Entrepreneurs and job-seekers in central Illinois can mark their calendars for December 3 and 4, 2018. Facebook is bringing a two-day workshop to Springfield.

The corn and soybeans growing in Glenn Brunkow’s fields in the rolling Flint Hills north of Wamego, Kansas, got some much needed rain recently and look healthy.

Brunkow has reason to expect a good harvest, but the way things are looking globally, he’ll lose money on the crop. Trade disputes with China, Mexico and Canada threaten to slash U.S. food exports by billions. About half the soybean crop goes overseas, most of that to China — and since mid-April, soybean prices have plunged about 20 percent and corn about 15 percent.

The Supreme Court's ruling that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions has labor groups calling on Democrats to rally together.

The case involved Illinois state government worker Mark Janus, who argued that everything unions do, including bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it.

The Trump administration wants to show rural communities, which voted for him by wide margins in the 2016 election, they are still on the president’s mind. It suggested a list of broad ideas in January to spark growth and carved out rural interests in an infrastructure plan.

Illinois is losing residents.

Common explanations for why include high taxes, unfriendly business policies or the state's growing pension debt.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting 30 years in the making is scheduled for late summer in southern Illinois.

The ceremony at Olmsted Locks and Dam near the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers will take place on August 29th.

The U.S. Treasury now officially certifies three areas of Carbondale as federal Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Carbondale Economic Development director Steven Mitchell says this is a new program established in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

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SIU-Carbondale and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will team up to conduct strategic planning studies of two IDNR sites in southwestern Illinois.

The sites are the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County.

Two women wheel a grocery cart across the parking lot to a white van, open the door and shove kids’ toys out of the way.

Federal Food Aid Program Difficult To Navigate, But Crucial Service For Mentally Ill

May 3, 2018

It’s a challenge for people with severe mental illnesses to hold down a job or get the medical help they need. And that extends to when they try to alleviate hunger by getting on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Fearing Deportation, Unauthorized Immigrants Shy Away From Signing Kids Up For Food Aid

May 2, 2018

In the small city of Fort Morgan, Colorado, 33-year-old Verónica delicately stacks cans of food into her mini shopping cart, strolling the narrow aisles of the Rising Up food pantry to gather eggs, milk, apples and an extra-large box of cereal.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker says he is encouraged about the future of a Port District in Cairo.

Senator Dale Fowler joined local officials Monday in Illinois' southernmost city to hear presentations from businesses out of New Orleans, Florida and Kentucky.

There’s a Republican-authored proposal in the next farm bill that would require millions more people to work or volunteer in order to receive federal food assistance.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the biggest federal program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty that millions of Americans find themselves in — sometimes for a few months, sometimes for several years.

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If the proposal for a resort at Walker's Bluff in southern Illinois is to move forward this legislative session, it will require a new strategy.

Both the gaming sub-committee meeting and House session opened and closed Friday without passing HB 5146 in order to meet the legislature's deadline for substantive bills.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico wrapped up the latest round of negotiations earlier this month over NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate the trade pact, which he continues to call a bad deal for the U.S. But NAFTA has helped grow the beef industry beyond the U.S. borders, so while some worry about the Trump administration’s wavering commitment to NAFTA, others want more protections.

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