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Archive for January 11th, 2014

Teachers and Administration will meet Sunday

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2014

Sarah Henkel, Co-President of the Mendota Elementary Teachers Union has told WLPO AM and FM news, a Federal mediator has called both sides back to negotiations at 2pm Sunday.

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Kinzinger supports Health Exchange Security measure

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2014

The Target data breach showed you how easily hackers can get your information.  The U-S House has passed a bill that would require you to be told if your private information stored in a state or federal healthcare exchange is breached. 

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger represents La Salle and Bureau Counties.  He voted Friday in support of the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act.  He says it brings Obamacare in line with standards in the private sector.

The Senate could vote on it next. 

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Illinois top US soybean producer in 2013

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois was the country’s leading producer of soybeans and second-largest corn producer last year.

The department said Friday that Illinois farmers harvested 462 million bushels of soybeans in 2013. That’s a 20 percent increase over 2012.

The USDA says the state’s corn production was 2.1 billion bushels. That was 63 percent more than 2012’s drought-impacted crop and more than any state other than Iowa.

Farmers in Iowa harvested 2.16 billion bushels in 2013.

Illinois and Iowa are traditionally the country’s top producers of both corn and soybeans.

 

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Slick roads contributed to minor accidents overnight

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2014

There could be ice on the road that you can’t see.  Icy roads sent a number of people into ditches Friday night and early Saturday morning.  Accidents, mostly minor, happened on Route 34, Route 71, and other rural roads according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputies.

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