The future remains uncertain for a federal conservation program that helps restore wetlands across the Midwest. The Wetlands Reserve Program provides money to farmers who take former wetlands out of production and restore them.
Illinois legislators this year could be asked to vote on everything from changes to how the state taxes corporations to raising the minimum wage. But Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) said before they make decisions on issues that affect the economy, they should learn more about it.
Syverson is proposing lawmakers take an economics course every two years.
He thinks many legislators who have tried to do a good job are shocked by what he called the "horrendous results" of their decisions.
Under a recent class-action lawsuit, agricultural chemical company Syngenta will have to pay cities and towns across the Midwest for contaminating water supplies with the herbicide atrazine. This includes several in Western Illinois.