News Headlines – July 31, 2018

Last Updated on July 31st, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Cat Posts Record Second Quarter Profit

The tariff tiff in Washington, DC doesn’t seem to be slowing Caterpillar sales. The heavy equipment maker yesterday posted a record second quarter profit based on strong sales in April, May, and June. Cat officials are so confident about the company’s strength that they raised their outlook for all of 2018.

Latest Drought Report Due Thursday

Farmers in a growing swath of west-central Illinois are waiting to see if this weekend’s rains were enough. The National Weather Service and the USDA are tracking drought conditions in Illinois. The last report from last week shows the drought spreading; forecasters say over a million people from just west of Springfield north to the Quad Cities, and down to Quincy are all too dry. That could change after two days of soaking rains across the area yesterday and the day before.

Change May Cut Some Illinois Food Stamps From Farmer’s Markets

Some folks on food stamps in Illinois may not be able to use them at their local farmer’s market. The USDA, which runs the food stamp program, says the company that manages wireless purchases at farmer’s markets is ending its service. That means farmer’s markets that rely on the company won’t be able to accept LINK cards in Illinois. Illinois’ Farmers Market Association says 16 of the state’s farmer’s markets will be impacted by the change.

New Lotto Game To Benefit Fallen Officers

Illinois is letting people “back the blue” and maybe win some money at the same time. Governor Rauner yesterday announced a new scratch-off lottery ticket that will raise money for the families of fallen officers or officers injured in the line of duty. The new ticket will split some of the purchase price between the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Fund, the Police Memorial Committee Fund, and the Illinois State Police Memorial Fund.

Cubs Fan Credits Plastic Bucket With Possibly Saving His Life

A Cubs fan believes a plastic bucket might have saved his life. Kyle Mackaleer was attending a game last week at Wrigley Field when a metal pin fell from the center field scoreboard and hit him on the head. He was sent to the hospital with a cut to his head. Mackaleer says he might have been killed if he wasn’t wearing a plastic bucket on his head as a rally cap.