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Bill Wheelhouse

Harvest Public Media Reporter

Harvest Public Media’s reporter in Springfield, Ill., comes to Harvest with a background of covering state government and rural issues. For the past eight years, Bill was general manager of public radio station WUIS in Springfield. Prior to that, he spent a decade as State Capitol bureau chief for Illinois Public Radio. During his time in the Illinois statehouse Bill won several awards including Best Investigative Reporter from the Associated Press and Best Statehouse Beat Reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors in 2004. Bill also spent eight years as News Director at WIUM public radio in Macomb, Ill., and is a past president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

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A marijuana advocacy group is urging Illinois lawmakers to accept Governor Bruce Rauner's changes to a marijuana decriminalization plan.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A report from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said damage from urban flooding (flooding on higher ground outside a flood plain) caused more than $2 billion worth of damage between 2007-2014 in Illinois.

Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere.  It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business. And it has others  throwing up caution flags.   The numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.                     

Rich Egger

The Illinois business community is lining up with farm groups in an effort to stave off some new federal water regulations. 

Wikipedia

Consumers who buy their electricity from alternative energy providers have been seeing some price hikes lately.

A new study shows cancer rates are higher in downstate Illinois.  Smoking might be the reason.  

Emergency planners around Illinois must still work out the final details, but a law passed four years to give stroke patients better treatment could soon take effect.

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On a hot day in late August, Kevin Bien stood amid the shade of a large gray piece of farm equipment. 

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Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012, and the federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion.

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Hot weather is no surprise during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

Always a Farmer

Jul 23, 2013
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In 1986, Becky Doyle was helping her husband run the family’s hog farming operation. She also had a side business of marketing gift baskets made from Illinois products.