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GOVERNOR RAUNER SUPPORTS SALE OF CHAMPIONS - Gov. Bruce Rauner offered the top bid for the Grand Champion Steer at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday. Taco raised $60,000 for Adam Miller, 13, of Gridley, who exhibited the steer. Miller plans to donate a portion of his earnings to a charity in Mexico. Rauner also walked away with the grand champion ice cream, flavored chihuahua cheese, brie cheese and honey. (Chicago Tribune)


EPA NO LONGER CONSIDERING EXPORT RINsSen. Chuck Grassley says the Environmental Protection Agency is no longer considering a controversial provision that would have made exported ethanol and biodiesel eligible for the credits used to measure compliance with the federal blending mandate.


STOCKS FALL, COMMODITIES PLUNGE – U.S. stocks quickly headed toward their worst day in almost two months while copper enters a bear market, weighing on commodities. With a bull market in American stocks, just one week away from becoming the longest in history, investors have become cautious as trade tensions linger between China and the U.S. (Bloomberg)


CHINESE OIL IMPORTERS SHY AWAY FROM U.S. CRUDE – Due to Beijing’s decision to exclude crude oil from their tariff list, Chinese oil importers are temporarily shying away from buying U.S. crude. In June and July, data showed that 300,000 barrels of crude oil were bound for China, while there were zero in August. (Reuters)


AG DAY HIGHLIGHTS – Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair got off to a busy start Tuesday with Gov. Bruce Rauner announcing he and his wife would donate $1 million to help reopen the shuttered coliseum. The day also featured honors for farmers from Carroll and Edwards counties from Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders. (


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