Northern Illinois U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger says the intelligence community needs to ensure the accuracy of reports that the Russian government has been placing bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The Republican received a classified briefing Tuesday and said while there is good evidence of the practice, there is also conflicting evidence.


The decreased purchasing power of Chinese markets as a result of the coronavirus is creating further uncertainty for Illinois farmers. 

The Chinese economy entered a downturn as a result of fears of the coronavirus. That’s creating doubt as to whether China will be able to fulfill its promises to increase purchases from the United States as part of the newly negotiated trade deal. Illinois farmers rely on Chinese purchases of their crops and livestock. Eldon Gould, a hog farmer in Maple Park explained his concerns.

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Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is once again accepting paper, plastic, and glass at its recycling center in Rockford. 

The nonprofit’s development director Beverly Broyles says they had to temporarily stop accepting the waste because their partners weren’t able to export it to China. Broyles says the group worked out an alternative arrangement with Rock River Disposal.

“That’s going to be a much more feasible operation for us to do, and we’re also able to work with Paper Recovery Services and have a partnership with them to take our paper products,” she said.

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Farmers are entering their 5th year of low crop prices and now soybeans have reached a 10-year low, in part due to Chinese tariffs. Economists say this could be a pivotal year for farmers in Illinois and across the country.


Soybean growers in the Midwest are caught in the middle of an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

China retaliated against the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese products Friday by imposing $34 billion in tariffs on hundreds of American goods, including soybeans. Analysts say the added expense of China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans will effectively block the product from entering the Chinese market.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is embarking on an eight-day trade mission to Japan and China later this week.

Until now, Rauner has spent more time criticizing the Illinois business climate than promoting it. Rauner says he wasn’t traveling to aggressively promote Illinois because he thought it was inappropriate.

There was no budget for two years, and Democrats were blocking his anti-union agenda. Even though Rauner didn’t get that passed, he’s now going to personally recruit companies abroad anyway.

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  Rockford’s Mayor is headed to China once again to solicit construction money from investors. 

He’s partnered with Wisconsin developer Gary Gorman to redevelop the Amerock building, a former factory in downtown Rockford, into an Embassy Suites hotel.  

In 2011, Illinois saw a net gain in manufacturing jobs. The Illinois Manufacturers' Association says it was the first time that has happened since the late 1990's. The association says there are several contributing factors, including the growing cost of producing products in China.