Quick hits: Illinois news in brief for Monday, May 13

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Illinois Farm Bureau says trade war hurts farmers

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of trade wars. That’s according to the Illinois Farm Bureau.

In a statement, the IFB said corn and soybean prices are depressed already and with a huge grain inventory, it is worried export markets will be further diminished.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods are expected to be met with similar tariffs from China on U.S. goods, including agricultural products.

Budget, recreational marijuana bill, infrastructure plans still on the table

State lawmakers are back Tuesday for the final two weeks of legislative session. 

In addition to a proposed $39 billion spending plan and tax and fee increases proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, lawmakers may also deliberate legalizing cannabis for recreational adult use, expanding gambling to include sports betting and a gas tax hike to pay for statewide infrastructure projects.

Session ends May 31.

Group says more changes needed in Springfield

When lawmakers return to Springfield they could consider a measures to address harassment at the workplace.

The Center for Illinois Politics says the authors of a letter last year highlighting such a culture under the dome in Springfield say the slow pace of reforms at the capital is a “slap in the face.”

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