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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
11:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Country Living and Livestock Farms

Moo!
Credit Rich Egger

Beware if you've ever considered moving near a farm in Illinois. A new decision by the Illinois Supreme Court reaffirms a state law that blocks nuisance lawsuits against farmers.

The case involves the Roger and Bobbie Toftoy, who moved into a new house across from a cattle farm. They found the flies to be so bad that they sometimes could not go outside.

They sued and won, and a judge told the farmers to fix the problem. But on appeal, the cattlemen argued they were protected under an Illinois law meant to encourage farming.

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Drought Has Hurt Both Rivers
4:09 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Falling Water in the Mississippi Could be Helped by the Missouri

Credit http://greenbusinessmatters.com/

The lower Mississippi River may soon experience record low levels last seen in the 1930’s.  That’s according to the Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the Lock and Damn system which keeps the upper Mississippi navigable despite the drought.

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Younger Trees Struggled
9:47 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Drought Impacted Christmas Tree Growers

Credit Phil Weiss

This year's drought has taken a toll on a crop that gets more attention this time of year: Christmas trees.  But one expert says it has not affected sales.

"There is no shortage of trees, there's plenty to be had and the price hasn't gone up. What has gone up is basically based on inflation- nothing more. At least that's been my experience with people I've talked to in the industry," said David Daniken of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association.

Daniken works on a tree farm in Pocahontas, which is 40 miles east of St. Louis.

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Fears of Zoning
12:08 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Land Use Suggestions In Comprehensive Plan Irk Farm Bureau

The McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

The McDonough County Comprehensive Plan Committee made some last minute changes before sending the plan to the full county board for its approval.

Most significantly, almost all references to “land use” were removed. Some committee members and the McDonough County Farm Bureau Board of Directors treated the seven letter phrase like a four letter word and feared it would eventually lead to the “z” word: zoning.

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Interim Chief Expected to Keep Job
7:33 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Vote on Burlington Fire Chief

Burlington Central Fire Station

City Manager Jim Ferneau says Interim Fire Chief Matt Trexel is his choice to lead the Burlington Fire Department.

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