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Illinois' eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3

The state's moratorium on enforcement of residential evictions will expire on Oct. 3, according to Gov. JB Pritzker's latest COVID-19 executive order issued Friday.

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Attacks on Asian Americans in the United States in the last year have risen coinciding with the anti-Chinese rhetoric tied with the pandemic and by the proliferation of far-right propaganda. Xenophobia has been an American staple and the scapegoating of Asians is nothing new. The Asian narrative in America has been historically torturous. Asians in this country for centuries have been subjected to all manner of unconscionable acts, which they have quietly endured. It’s been said that Asians are minimized in America because they minimize themselves. "Keep your head down, work hard, and don’t complain;" such are the Asian rules of conduct for success in America. Collectivism and face saving, which feed these behaviors, are fundamentally crucial in Asian cultures because the first one ensures harmony on which the second one is built. But as recent events show, this thinking needs a major overhaul.

NPR reported that a man who disrupted NBC News correspondent Shaquille Brewster's live coverage on Hurricane Ida faces a variety of charges.

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Two weeks after Texas effectively banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a Democratic state lawmaker in Illinois is proposing a law based on Texas' model — but turned on its head.


Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed a massive climate and energy plan into law — the last and hardest fought of his agenda items for his first four years in office as he gears up to run for a second term.

For the third day in a row, the Schuyler County Health Department is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak in Rushville.

Some Health Care Providers Hesitate to Issue COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Sep 16, 2021
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On a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of people gathered outside Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. They were holding signs saying things like "freedom of choice" and "my body, my choice."

Commentary: Research and Activism

Sep 15, 2021

On Monday I woke up early, and with my dog Niko by my side, reviewed the hardships the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients I interviewed went through on their trip to the United States. I then read and wrote about the physical threats most immigrants face when crossing the border like heat strokes, dehydration, and rattlesnakes. I also read about the abuses suffered by them in the hands of the local population, authorities, and organized crime. I felt a sense of relief that my interviewees were an average five and a half years of age upon arrival. "Hopefully the trauma is not too bad because they were too young to remember," I told myself.

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The special election in Keokuk did not go well for the school district, which asked voters to approve a $19.9 million bond issue.

Southern Illinois' ICU availability dipped to zero Tuesday, as the region continues to battle high COVID-19 numbers in addition to other critical needs.

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Western Illinois University said enrollment basically held steady compared to a year ago. The administration hopes it is the start of a turnaround for the university.


Biden Speaks At U.N. General Assembly

Tuesday, September 21 | est. start time 10 a.m. ET

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Jimmy Emmons has all sorts of things growing in his fields in Leedey, Oklahoma. There’s peas, beans, millets and varieties of grain sorghum, but none of it is for harvest. 

He’s growing what’s known as cover crops — plants meant to cover the ground and preserve it. Over the past seven years, he says he’s watched the difference in the soil. He’s often carrying a shovel on his fields, looking and even smelling the dirt.

“Smells real earthy and sweet,” Emmons says. 

A pig’s ideal temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Tyson and Perdue Farms agreed to pay a total of $35.75 million to broiler chicken farmers to settle a class action lawsuit. It’s part of a larger antitrust lawsuit involving some of the country’s largest chicken processors, including Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms and Koch Foods. 

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2017 in the Eastern District of the Oklahoma federal court.

The Biden Administration is giving a historic, permanent boost to the amount of money people get each month through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but the effect that will have on food pantries is still unclear. 

On a recent hot Saturday morning at the Des Moines Farmers Market, lots of people walked by a tent that had signs hanging from it: “dare to eat differently” and “eat prairie lobster.” Some people scrunched their faces in disgust. Others – like the Gohr family – were curious.

“Should we try a cricket, guys?” Charles Gohr asked his daughters.   

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