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Feds Offering Emergency Loans To Most Illinois Farmers After Extensive FloodingFarmers in every county in Illinois except one have been made eligible to receive low-interest loans from the federal government, to help them recover from extensive damage caused by flooding.
Annual Summer Lunch Program For Needy Kids Launches In ChicagoOrganizations that host free summer meal programs for needy children kicked off their annual effort to make sure those kids get healthy food at a time of year when they often struggle to get the nutrition they need.
$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation ProjectsProjects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.
Chicago Animal Welfare Group Applauds New Puppy Mill RegulationsA local group that's been working to put puppy mills out of business applauds a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose restrictions on breeders who sell dogs on the Internet.
Biologist Sets Off Pyrotechnics To Repel Geese Near MidwaySome neighbors complained recently about sounds resembling gunfire interrupting the silence at the Stickney wastewater treatment plant near Midway International Airport.
Survey To Measure Booming Growth Of Illinois Wine IndustryThe Illinois wine industry is growing, and a census of sorts will help vintners realize how much it has grown in the past five years.
Thanksgiving Weekend One Of Busiest Times For Christmas Tree ShoppingAfter the turkey and the shopping comes the Christmas tree. Farms in McHenry County say this is one of their busiest weekends.
Tainted Turkey Linked To 7 Salmonella Cases In IllinoisA salmonella outbreak involving ground turkey has hit Illinois and 25 other states. So far, 77 people have become ill, 7 of them in Illinois.
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