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Tuesday, July 3, 2007 12:00 am

The U.S. is the richest country that doesn't require paid vacation and sick days

Untitled Document Last year Mary Lou Eckart took her first vacation in five years, a trip from her home in Decatur to see her grandchildren in Florida. But the Illinois state gov
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:00 am

An opening exists for progressive policies in the next farm bill

Untitled Document The farm bill, which Congress will likely vote on this fall, will affect environmental, consumer, industrial, trade, and anti-poverty policies, as well as the p
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 12:00 am

Biofuel production may threaten both the environment and the world’s poor

Untitled Document When Matt Hawkinson started growing corn in the rich farmland of western Illinois, nearly a decade ago, he sold the grain for $2 a bushel, 50 cents less than it
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 12:00 am

The crisis, policy makers say, has grown too big for halfhearted measures

Untitled Document Like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the health-insurance monster has returned, creeping back onto the public stage. After President Bill Clinton’s ju
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 12:00 am
GALESBURG -- Many Americans dream of getting rich. Aaron Kemp had more modest ambitions. "I wanted to work at a decent job and earn a decent wage, with decent benefits, so I can raise my kids, gi


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