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'Moneyball': The 2018 Illinois Governor's Race

This year’s campaign pits a multimillionaire incumbent against a field that includes a multibillionaire in what could be the costliest governor's race in U.S. history. The labels used in American politics to differentiate candidates today are fairly standard: Republican and Democrat. Moderate and radical. Establishment and anti-establishment. But a new pair of labels is needed to fully consider Illinois' 2018 race for governor: haves and have-nots. It's true that access to money has always...

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DeKalb, IL – People are drawn to the fresh air and open spaces of country living. But they're often surprised by the smells and slow-moving traffic that come with the territory. Also, urban lawmakers often find themselves making decisions about agriculture without understanding farming issues.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he's happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he s happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Chicago suburbs continue to sprawl westward, forcing many farmers to either adapt, move, or find a new line of business. WNIJ examines the issues behind these difficult decisions by talking with farm families who found themselves surrounded by subdivisions instead of cornfields.

The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

DeKalb, IL – Construction is underway in DeKalb on a slaughterhouse that will produce horsemeat for human consumption.

DeKalb, IL. – There's a growing trend of people giving more importance to animal spirituality.

Rockford, IL –
Jan Booth - commentary aired 9/2/03
Jan Booth has been teaching elementary school in Northern Illinois for more than 27 years. She also leads teacher training seminars.

Rockford, IL – The Cherry Valley Spritualist Camp Association has been around since 1925. But this is only the second year that board members have opened it to the public.

WNIJ's Simone Orendain observed a psychic reading at the camp and has this story.

Historic Ordination

Rockford, IL. – Some newly ordained Catholic priests from Northern Illinois will be saying their first mass this Sunday. They're from a group of 11 candidates who joined the priesthood last Saturday. That's the highest number of priests ever ordained in one day in the Rockford diocese. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports. . .

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