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Woman charged in pulling 5-year-old by his hair

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman has been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly being observed dragging a child by the hair at an Aurora hospital. In addition to the felony charges, Tanye M. McNeal of Aurora is charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic battery. Aurora ...Read more

Rural bankers concerned over farm loan defaults

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019. More than 4 of every 10 bankers questioned for the January Rural Mainstreet survey said they expect farm loan ...Read more

Governor orders worker-training investment review

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used.  The Democrat visited Southwestern Illinois Community College in Belleville Wednesday. He signed his third executive order since ...Read more