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June 13, 2014
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Illinois – The State of Innovation
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is pleased to announce that the second edition of Illinois – The State of Innovation, our state economic development magazine, is now available. To access the digital edition on your laptop, tablet or phone, visit our website or the digital magazine. This issue highlights our clean energy sector, tech growth in new start-ups and jobs, a flourishing life sciences industry, our Midwestern dominance in foreign trade and investment, an Illinois manufacturing resurgence and our key strengths in agriculture, food production, transportation and financial services.
Women War Reporters in WWII
 
This was a historic period, marking a turning point for women reporting from warzones. They reached front lines, sent dispatches from Normandy, entered newly liberated Paris and later visited concentration camps across Europe. Helen Kirkpatrick had been in London for several years before D-Day and, by 1944, was bureau chief for the Chicago Daily News. She came to Europe and then "cabled back to her husband - 'not returning,'" writes Nancy Sorel Caldwell in The Women Who Wrote the War. When told that women didn't belong in fighting zones because they couldn't dig latrines, an American editor in London responded that Kirkpatrick "could beat anybody in the room in that particular activity."
 
40 maps that explain food in America

The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.

                                                           
 
Skyrocketing Prison Population Devastating US Society

Following two years of data review, a new report from the highly-regarded National Research Council (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences) delivers a round indictment of four decades of skyrocketing incarceration that has quadrupled the prison population and torn apart families, communities, society, and the lives of the incarcerated people. Commissioned by the National Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation, the report notes that 2.23 million people are currently locked in U.S. prisons and jails, but that number multiplies when people who are on parole or probation are considered. This is the result of an "unprecedented and internationally unique rise in U.S. state and federal prison populations" since 1973.


                                                           
 
The Community Development Society (CDS) International Annual Conference is taking place July 20-23, in Dubuque, IA with featured sessions on economic development, health, education, local facilities/services, transportation, planning, natural resources management, and more. Early-Bird Registration Deadline is June 20; Additional conference information may be found on the CDS website and you may register for the conference here.

                                                           
 
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