BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Republican Bruce Rauner has told a Farm Bureau-sponsored forum near Bloomington that he'll overhaul the Illinois Department of Agriculture if he's elected governor. The suburban Chicago businessman says the department is -- in his words -- "full of cronyism." He's previously criticized the department's director -- a Democrat who used to be a state lawmaker -- for not being a farmer. Governor Pat Quinn has defended Bob Flider's work at the agriculture department.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Senator Dick Durbin says he won't apologize for supporting congressional earmarks that have helped Illinois agriculture, including a crop sciences building at the University of Illinois. The Democrat was among the candidates at a Wednesday farm forum near Bloomington. His Republican challenger Jim Oberweis says he opposes earmarks.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas says a rollback of the temporary state income tax that Republican Bruce Rauner favors would be a disaster for Illinois public schools. Vallas -- who used to run the Chicago public schools -- says it would cost schools $4 billion a year. But Rauner's campaign says Vallas is making up those numbers.
OAKWOOD HILLS, Ill. (AP) - The village of Oakwood Hills northwest of Chicago is reopening its village hall. Officials closed it about a month ago and canceled board meetings, saying they wanted tensions over a proposed power plant to die down. Police say some village officials were threatened over the plant. Another zoning board hearing is scheduled in October.
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