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Where can you meet Jeanne ?

Where can you meet Jeanne?
Friday, January 12, 12:30 pm: S&S Farm Chemicals, Streator, IL
Friday, January 12, 2:45 – 3:45 pm: Sweet Basil Cafe, 201 E 12th St, Streator, IL 61364 (formerly the Rose Garden Restaurant).
Sunday, January 14, 2 pm: Jeanne will be participating in the March for Life 2018 at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St, Chicago, IL. Website
Monday, January 15, 10:30 am: MLK Faith in Action Assembly Governor’s Candidate Forum, Chicago, IL. Details
Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 pm: Meet and Greet, Revelry, 121 North 4th St., Quincy, IL 62305
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 pm: Meet and Greet, Microtel Inn, lower level, 200 S 3rd St., Quincy, IL 62305
Wednesday, January 17, 8 – 10 am: North Side Java, 511 Main Street, Carthage, IL 62321

Profit From Gene Editing in 2018

Profit From Gene Editing in 2018
Alexandra Perry Photo By Alexandra Perry
Written Jan. 03, 2018
A few months ago, my dog chewed through the electrical cord on my fridge.

Before you get riled up and call PETA, know she is fine. Destroying expensive electronics is actually her favorite hobby.

The food in my fridge, however, was not so lucky.

I didn’t realize what she had done until two days after the fact, when the smell of rotting food became overwhelming.

At this point we reach the conclusion of my story, where I put $50 worth of slimy groceries in the garbage.

Now, this event taught me a lot of things, including the importance of proper dog training. However, my key takeaway was that we waste a lot of food in this country.

Me essentially shoveling money into the garbage made me think about exactly how much money and food Americans waste annually. A relatively small amount of research yielded some wallet-draining statistics.

The average American spends around $150 on food a week.

Of that amount, one-third will be wasted. And as food gathers in landfills, 9.1 million people will die of starvation a year.

Like me, you now may feel a bit guilty.

But my job is to be a researcher, so I researched solutions, and there are a few.

It turns out that dozens of companies are working to solve food waste and hunger. Out of these companies, one really stood out.

This company is a small biotech that is using gene editing to improve the foods we eat. If this company is successful, it could alter the way we look at food and make investors a profit in the process.

I want to talk a bit more about that company in a minute, but first, let’s take a second to talk about gene editing.

Gene editing may be the most important scientific discovery of our lifetime, and when you apply it to food, it could fix multiple problems, from food waste to bad nutrition.

First Off, What is Gene Editing?

Gene editing, put simply, is when DNA is deleted, inserted, or replaced in a genome.

If that doesn’t sound simple, just think of it like this: You are snipping away a piece of genetic code and replacing it with something else. In my mind, I imagine it like a large Lego structure. Instead of changing the blocks themselves, you are changing the directions. The structure that is built as a result is still altered.

That’s pretty incredible, which is why it comes as no surprise that gene editing has been generating a lot of buzz lately.

And while humans have been fascinated with gene editing since the 1970s, only recently have we gotten close to making major breakthroughs in the field.

We are close to this food breakthrough because of a revolutionary gene editing method called CRISPR-Cas9.

With CRISPR-Cas9, we could potentially wipe out multiple diseases, including HIV and cancer. Some scientists even believe CRISPR can stop aging in its tracks.

And this gene editing method isn’t just for humans anymore.

In theory, the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method can also be applied to food, improving it for the better.

And the company that has access to this patent for modifying food could change the way we look at food forever.

How Gene Editing Can Be Used in Food

Gene editing can alter our food in many ways, all of which could make food better suited for the needs of our growing population.

First off, gene editing could make food last longer and survive different conditions.

No longer would I have to worry about my dog unplugging food storage devices. With gene editing, some fruits could possibly survive longer without refrigeration.

Longer-lasting foods could reduce food waste significantly. So, American households rejoice — maybe that $150-a-week bill will be getting a reduction.

Which brings us to another point: Gene editing can make food more affordable.

That’s right. Gene editing can make crops grow faster and in different environments. This would make food available to a wider population, and it could potentially cut down on the cost of food transportation. That’s a winner for your pockets and for the environment.

And then there is the big way gene editing will change food: eliminating the need for pesticides.

Currently, most of the food you eat has been exposed to pesticides at one point. Whether those pesticides are in the soil or sprayed directly onto the crops, they are usually present.

Specific pesticides have been linked to multiple cancers, meaning they shouldn’t be consumed.

But in our current food system, and because of large suppliers like Monsanto, getting food without pesticides is challenging.

But with gene editing, we could alter foods so farmers no longer have to use pesticides. This could help humans combat diseases the second food enters our body, minimizing cancer risk from the start.

So, How Do We Get There?

In reality, it might be a while before we have food modified with the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method sitting in our fridges.

That said, the future always comes faster than we think.

If investors want to start profiting from CRISPR-Cas9 technology, the time is now.

You will recall that I mentioned a small biotech stock at the start of this article. The company behind that stock is working to engineer foods using the CRISPR-Cas9 patent, making it one of the first in the field.

In the coming weeks, we are going to be talking more about gene editing at Wealth Daily.

That conversation will culminate with a top-notch presentation on this small biotech from our senior technology analyst Jason Stutman. Jason has been working with companies pioneering the gene editing space for years.

I guarantee his presentation will show you how to profit from this gene editing revolution.

While you wait for his presentation, you can listen to him talk more about the technology on the latest episode of our Investing After Hours podcast, available here.

In the meantime, remember to keep an eye on the future. We are now officially in 2018, and it is an exciting time to be an investor.

Despite rumors that our current bull market will come to an end, many technology industries are alive and striving.

Outside of gene editing, we are keeping an eye on blockchain, artificial intelligence, and digital currencies. We plan to stay on these topics heading into 2018.

Best of luck with a whole new year of investments,

 

Alexandra Perry

Source: Will County News

Automatic voter registration law doesn’t allocate money for implementation

Automatic voter registration law doesn’t allocate money for implementation

FILE - Illinois State Board of Elections
Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Automatically registering voters anytime they register with certain state government agencies was considered a major legislative priority by some at the statehouse, but lawmakers haven’t put the necessary tax dollars behind it to get it started.

As it is right now, Illinois residents can opt in to registering to vote when they get or update information for a state ID card or driver’s license. Lawmakers pushed to make that automatic and to include more state agencies.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the original automatic voter registration bill in 2016 with suggested changes he said made the bill better. Lawmakers followed his lead in 2017 and passed automatic voter registration.

Illinois State Board of Elections General Counsel Ken Menzel said that directed the elections board to start implementing the program.

“We haven’t gotten any money appropriated for it quite yet,” Menzel said. “There’s a supplemental appropriation request pending with the legislature but we do have staff working on it as best we can. The staff that’s working on it has been updating the board on a monthly basis.”

Menzel said the elections office would need more than half a million dollars to get technology and programming in place.

“For the thing to work, we’re going to need, for example, servers,” Menzel said. “And, of course, we’re going to need programming time to do that, and I think some of the money was going to adding staff to do the programming.”

There’s already been coordination between the elections board and the Secretary of State’s office, Menzel said, but other state agencies involved in the process are also going to have to be updated for AVR to work.

“We’ve got to get their systems collecting that data,” he said. “We’ve got to figure out how to get our systems to talk to their systems to transmit it.”

“It’s a fairly big undertaking,” Menzel said. “Without the money, it would be difficult to hit our benchmarks.”

The law says AVR should be fully implemented no later than July 2019.

Supporters of the law said they want to increase voter turnout and that the bill will help keep voter rolls accurate. Opponents said the measure wasn’t necessary and could lead to lower voter turnout percentages by adding scores of more voters to the rolls who might not actually go to the polls.

Eligible voters who don’t want to register to vote automatically when getting a service through the DMV or other state government agencies like the Illinois departments of Human Services, Employment Security, Financial and Professional Regulation, and Natural Resources have to opt out of the system.

The measure explicitly disallows any illegal immigrants to be registered to vote automatically when they apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License.

 

Source: Will County News

Repeal of fine for not having health insurance set for 2019

Repeal of fine for not having health insurance set for 2019

FILE - Obamacare site (2018)
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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

U.S. law still mandates that people have health insurance in 2018, but in 2019 the fine on those who don’t have insurance goes away. An insurance broker has said it will be good when the dust settles and the effects of the change become clearer.

The federal tax reform law President Donald Trump signed in December strikes the fine imposed on taxpayers who don’t have insurance coverage, starting in 2019.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency Individual Insurance Agent Dave Ferguson said there won’t be much of a change in insurance offerings once the mandate is essentially lifted in 2019, but he said premiums outside of government insurance exchanges could go up 10 percent every year.

“These insurance companies do have to make money,” Ferguson said. “They adjust their premiums to the point where they think they’re going to make money. They never know for sure until they get through the whole year.”

With renewed efforts expected this year in Congress to reform the health insurance industry, Ferguson said there’s a lot of confusion among consumers.

“And it will be nice when things settle down and become stabilized in the marketplace, whatever that solution winds up being,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the amount of money needed to fund Medicaid could go down as result of people who would have been forced into Medicaid deciding to forego insurance.

Goldwater Institute Director of Healthcare Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman agreed.

“Assuming that people choose not to enroll because there’s no longer a penalty, you could potentially see some savings,” Bauman said.

Medicaid is among the largest costs for Illinois taxpayers.

Ferguson said Illinois’ biggest challenge for those forced into Medicaid because of the mandate is the time it takes to process individual applications.

Bauman said the solution ultimately should be to afford consumers more choices that fit their needs.

 

“Why not open up the market so there could be more innovation, more choices of products?” Bauman said.

People who don’t obtain insurance coverage for this year can still expect a fine, Ferguson said.

Source: Will County News