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Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey regularly rails against government spending while accusing Democratic Governor JB Pritzker of trying to solve the state’s problems simply by throwing money into ‘the four winds’ .

“That’s all we ever hear for solutions in Illinois — more money, more spending,” Bailey said during a campaign appearance earlier this month. “That more money and more spending never comes with more accountability and more transparency. That’s all this man has done is keep spending and wasting taxpayers’ money.

But the absence of Bailey’s criticism is recognition that her father, mother and sister have benefited from two deals over the past two decades worth more than $8 million in federal and state funds tied to a vast swath of property the trio owned in southern Illinois, including $4.32. millions of dollars from, oddly enough, the Pritzker administration, according to records obtained by the Tribune.

In the little-noticed transaction in 2021, Pritzker’s Department of Natural Resources purchased more than 2,290 acres of mostly wet land from the Baileys about 100 miles south of Urbana-Champaign. The land is expected to become a public recreation and hunting area, according to state officials and financial records. Read the full story here.

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The stranded trains have congested the 18 intermodal terminals that dot Chicago’s suburbs and downtown.

Two years after COVID-19 caused freight traffic to skyrocket, some of the major terminals are still not finding enough truck drivers, shipping containers, rolling steel frames or laborers and workers. warehouses to unload their freight.

An American entrepreneur held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years by the Taliban has been freed, his family said on Monday, while a Taliban drug lord imprisoned by the United States was also freed and returned to Kabul.

Mark Frerichs, a Navy veteran who had spent more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor, was abducted in January 2020 and has since been allegedly kidnapped by the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network.

“Pure Michigan” may conjure up visions of beaches and cherry pie to some, but for cannabis consumers it means clouds of smoke and great deals on weed.

The state’s brand is clear on online social media site Reddit, which has a dedicated page for Illinois marijuana users, who often make lengthy references to Michigan’s cannabis scene.

“Why can’t Illinois be like Michigan?” writes a commentator.

“Never shop in IL again,” wrote another.

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10 thoughts from Brad Biggs after the Chicago Bears ran the ball hard – and ran it effectively – while essentially giving up the passing game in a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

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Britain and the world lay Queen Elizabeth II to rest on Monday in a state funeral that draws presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers – and up to a million people onto the streets of London to say a word. final farewell to a monarch whose 70-year reign defines an age.

A day filled with funeral events in London and Windsor began early when the doors of 900-year-old Westminster Hall were closed to mourners after hundreds of thousands of people filed before his coffin draped in flag. Many had lined up for hours, including on cold nights, to pay their respects in a wave of collective grief and respect.

Not far from home, you’ll find some of the best varieties of apples to pick, as well as farm-fresh apple cider donuts, homemade pies and sweet local honey.

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