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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Obama's pardoned turkeys aren't the only ones deserving of a more humane Thanksgiving

    Obama's pardoned turkeys aren't the only ones deserving of a more humane Thanksgiving
    Once again, President Obama has pardoned two turkeys using  “executive action” (ha-ha) on Thanksgiving eve, ensuring that neither will be the centerpiece on anyone’s holiday table.   The White House asked Twitter followers to vote on...
  • Questions surround IMET's decision to buy repurchase agreements

     Questions surround IMET's decision to buy repurchase agreements
    An Oak Brook investment pool, which recently disclosed a $50 million trading loss involving taxpayer money, didn't follow the same safeguards to minimize risk as similar funds in Illinois and around the country, the Tribune has found. Starting last...
  • Illinois governments face loss of more than $50 million in fraud scheme

    Illinois governments face loss of more than $50 million in fraud scheme
    Dozens of local governments — from Downers Grove to Frankfort — face investment losses totaling more than $50 million of taxpayer money in a fraud scheme the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago are unraveling. The tax dollars...
  • Traveler apps include brain training, food selector, Gettysburg guide

    Traveler apps include brain training, food selector, Gettysburg guide
    Lumosity (Free for iOS and Android with a premium option) What it is: A way to exercise your brain with puzzles, memory games and other mind-stimulating and problem-solving challenges, a great companion for the road. How it works: After creating an...
  • Changes Promised After Farmington Students Boycott School Lunch

    Changes Promised After Farmington Students Boycott School Lunch
    FARMINGTON — After gaining national attention during a social-media organized boycott against food service contractor Chartwells, Farmington High School students said their voices were heard as the school took steps to improve the cafeteria program....
  • Deerfield falls victim to financial fraud

    Deerfield faces a potential $685,000 loss arising from its participation in an investment pool with nearly 300 other Illinois municipal entities as a result of charges of forged loan documents by a Florida company. The loss, if any, from investments in...
  • Lily-beetle army comes to Florida's rescue, attacks creeping air-potato vines

    Lily-beetle army comes to Florida's rescue, attacks creeping air-potato vines
    For decades, Florida homeowners have been battling a monster in their gardens: a creeping vine with heart-shaped leaves and dangling potatolike bulbs that suffocates trees, bushes and even entire forests in a matter of months. But now there's an...
  • Pittsburgh Zoo under investigation over using dogs to herd elephants

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's use of dogs to herd its African elephants after receiving a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "We have video footage [taken at] the...
  • State postpones pond drawdown, residents still in limbo

    After complaints from Glasgo Pond residents about losing their water supply in advance of planned dam repairs, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has postponed the pond drawdown till spring to give people time to make alternate...
  • Ongoing Nik Patel investigation delays formal indictment

    Ongoing Nik Patel investigation delays formal indictment
    An investigation into Orlando hotelier Nikesh Patel’s loan business has delayed a formal indictment in the case, authorities said in a recent court filing. The delay for purposes of investigation raises questions about whether Patel’s...
  • Receiver takes control of Patel companies

    Receiver takes control of Patel companies
    Orlando businessman Nik Patel's companies are being handed over to a fiduciary to continue liquidating his assets, about five weeks after Patel was arrested on charges of loan fraud. The receiver, Michael Nanosky of Janus Hotels & Resorts in Boca Raton,...