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Scott Hornblower remembers the very first day of his job at the Bloomington headquarters of agricultural cooperative GROWMARK. He knew exactly where to park, he was confident in the location of his office, and even was able to speak to a number of his colleagues on the way in the building. Not only was Hornblower […]

Three alternatives: the financial roadmap to college

New changes to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will impact approximately 22 million college students and families. Starting this year, students and parents can submit the FAFSA® application in October using the previous tax year’s income information. No longer will parents have to rush to make sure their taxes are filed […]

Farming exhibit with photos and antique farm implements

Farming in the great corn belt

More than 200 years of farming history will come to life on March 25 when the McLean County Museum of History opens its newest exhibit – Challenges, Choices and Change: Farming in the Great Corn Belt. The permanent exhibit housed in the Franklin Family Gallery has been almost four years in the making and will […]

Recognize THE BEST in Illinois.

Now is the time to voice your choice. We’re asking readers to pick the top 28 nominees covering food, destination, arts, things to do…and the list goes on. Top honorees of the 2017 Best of Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards will win from three regions in the state of Illinois – Northern, Central and Southern. You […]

Celebrating the sweet smell of success at the Illinois Products Expo

When people think about Illinois agriculture, they picture fields lined with rows of corn and soybeans, and cattle, pigs and chickens. They don’t understand how those raw products are transformed into food and other agriproducts, or appreciate the effort it takes to market them. Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and food processing is […]

Celebrating the sweet smell of success at the Illinois Products Expo

When people think about Illinois agriculture, they picture fields lined with rows of corn and soybeans, and cattle, pigs and chickens. They don’t understand how those raw products are transformed into food and other agriproducts, or appreciate the effort it takes to market them. Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and food processing is […]

Take two pets, and call me in the morning

“Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”       -Dean Koontz As you approach your house, you hear the familiar taps of nails on the tile floor. When you slowly open the door, you […]

Lights out!

“Where were you when the lights went out?” became a catch phrase more than 50 years ago, when The Great Northeast Blackout occurred. It was joked about in popular TV shows of the day like “Green Acres” and “Bewitched.” But to utilities and policy makers on both sides of the Great Lakes, the blackout was […]


The search for the perfect tree

Whenever I think about the annual search for a perfect Christmas tree, the image from Christmas Vacation of the Griswold family heading out into the country in their station wagon, while Clark and Ellen sing Christmas carols, always comes to mind. Clark says, “We’re kicking off our fun old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into […]