News

IL Corn Growers Want More Cuban Action

IL Corn Growers Want More Cuban Action

The Illinois Corn Growers Association wants President Obama to expand trade opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba.

The group says Cuba’s location makes it an “excellent opportunity for Illinois commodity and food products.” That’s because the country is located close enough to southern U.S. ports for barge travel. But the corn growers say federal restrictions on financial dealings with Cuba make doing business difficult.

Gary Hudson is the association’s president. He says Illinois ranks sixth nationwide in lost trade opportunities because of the financial and travel restrictions. The association is part of the Illinois Cuba Working Group, which the General Assembly formed in 2013. Among other things, the organization is asking Obama to establish an agricultural trade office in Cuba.

Recent Headlines

12 hours ago in Local

Court Upholds TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s 10-Year Sentence

wtax 011015

An appeals court in Chicago has upheld a 10-year prison term for best-selling author Kevin Trudeau.

13 hours ago in Local

Hung Jury Declared in Trial of Former Illinois Prosecutor

gavel2

Judge Bob Hardwick declared a mistrial Friday evening in the trial of Curtis Lovelace.

13 hours ago in Local

Amtrak, Illinois Reach Deal to Maintain Instate Service

amtrak

The deal announced Friday will maintain service through the end of the fiscal year on June 30 at a cost of $38.3 million to the state. The department paid $42 million the previous fiscal year.

23 hours ago in Local

State Museum to Reopen with Governor’s Amendatory Veto

Illinois State Museum

Rauner has amendatorily vetoed a bill lawmakers approved a few months ago that would reopen the museum and all its satellite locations.

24 hours ago in Local

Woman Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter of Child Sentenced

Cammie Kelly

Cammie Kelly is going to prison for four years.