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There’ve been five rounds of negotiations over the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement in recent months, but little movement toward a re-imagining of the treaty with Canada and Mexico from which U.S. agriculture benefits greatly.

With President Donald Trump still threatening to pull the country out of NAFTA if his preferred updates aren’t made, senators in farm-intensive states increasingly are speaking out.

Honeywell to Idle Metropolis Plant

Nov 20, 2017

Honeywell says it is idling its plant in the southern Illinois city of Metropolis and reducing the workforce by 170 employees along with contractor positions.

While a bachelor's degree isn't the only path to a good job, a new report says Illinois could use some more well-paid, blue-collar jobs.

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A legendary late night snack stop in Carbondale is re-opening soon under new ownership.

Winston Mezo, better known as Winston the Bagel Man, shut down his business cart this past spring.

The Brookport Betterment Committee is giving a second chance to one of the southern Illinois city’s historic buildings.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state's proposal for Amazon's second headquarters is strong.

States still have a few days to submit their bids so Governor Rauner says he doesn't want to give too much away about Illinois and Chicago's proposal. He says this will be a lengthy process.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

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If you didn't get a chance to see the replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships in Cape Girardeau, you're in luck, there stay has been extended.

Workers in the temporary labor industry have gained new protections after years rallying around worker's rights. These changes will impact the state's current regulations, which have remained the same for several years.

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Illinois' two U-S Senators want the Trump Administration to do more to address the housing crisis in Cairo.

Illinois's fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage hit a roadblock last Friday after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill that would make it happen.

The Illinois General Assembly approved a plan in late May that would raise the minimum wage gradually from $8.25 to $15 an hour over the next five years.

But, after two months on the governor's desk, Senate Bill 81 was shot down.

The substantial-raise proposal remains polarizing.

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Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

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New estimates for tourism in Illinois during 2016 say international and domestic travel expenditures reached $37.9 billion for 2016 -that's up $571 million from 2015.

Locally, Shannon Johnson with VisitSI says Williamson County is doing well too.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.

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A southern Illinois congressman wants to help ease the transition of Cairo residents and other Americans who have been displaced from a public housing authority to a new location.

Probation officers, supervisors and support staff of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court Services and Probation have voted to file an intent to strike after working without a contract since December of 2016.

A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois.  

Rend Lake Resort to Re-open

Jun 14, 2017
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The Rend Lake Resort closed last December but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it will soon re-open.

Southern Illinois is home to the nation's 8th oldest regional economic development district.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Friday celebrated the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission's 50th anniversary during an event at SIU's Transportation Education Center.

Housing Rehab Program Taking Applications

May 22, 2017

A housing repair program will help some low-income homeowners in Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Monroe Counties make needed repairs over the next two years.
 
Robert Schroeder says the state is funding the program at Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council through the Illinois Housing Development Authority - despite the lack of a state budget.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

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Illinois' senior U.S. senator is trying to help dozens of families in the state's southernmost town.

Dick Durbin traveled to Cairo Friday to see what can be done to find subsidized housing for the nearly 200 families who are losing their homes after HUD soon closes two public housing complexes.

A proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years is making its way through the state legislature.

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Nearly 200 families in Cairo are going to have to move after learning the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to close two public housing complexes.

HUD officials broke the news to the community Monday night.

At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta.

Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it feels more southern than Midwest when you arrive at the old river port and factory town of Cairo, once made famous in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But Twain might not recognize Cairo today.

State Senator Dale Fowler says he's lending his voice to the call for more help at the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority.

Multiple Federal Law Enforcement agencies executed search warrants at three Caterpillar offices today. Federal agents entered Caterpillar’s World Headquarters Building on South West Adams St. in Peoria, Building AD in East Peoria and the Morton offices. The identical search warrants allowed the federal government to seize a wide range of documents, hardware and software related to the movement of any products between the U.S. and Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Subsidiary Caterpillar known as CSARL.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with financial expert Adam Carroll, ahead of his lecture at SIU Carbondale through the University Honors program.

A major credit rating agency has again downgraded Illinois' rating, citing the "unprecedented failure" to approve a state budget.

A report says the outlook for the Illinois economy is bleak.

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