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JOHNSTON — U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson likely will attend former President Donald Trump’s planned Oct. 9 rally in Des Moines because it will give her an opportunity to connect with her constituents.

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The Illinois Senate on Monday approved a wide-ranging energy policy overhaul that sets ambitious goals for a carbon-free future and staves off the threatened shutdown of one of the state’s six nuclear power plants, handing Gov. J.B. Pritzker a key legislative victory heading into his reelection bid.

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An ethics bill that was hotly debated during the spring legislative session is headed back to the General Assembly with a request for a technical change, but not the technical change that many Republicans had hoped for.


The increasing interest in locally grown foods has been a boon to niche farmers selling their products at roadside stands, farmers markets and groceries. There is also a push for schools and other institutional settings to purchase local foods.

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Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman’s last week on the job started with a moment she’s been working toward ever since an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse who’d just been terminated opened fire two years ago, killing five co-workers and wounding a sixth, along with five of Ziman’s officers.

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