U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth told a group of farmers that she'll fight to keep the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research laboratory in Peoria open despite President Trump's effort to close the facility. The president's proposed federal 2019 budget would shut it and more than a dozen USDA facilities down;
Duckworth and other Illinois lawmakers had to fight off a similar proposal to close the Peoria ag lab last year;
During her meeting with farmers at the Peoria County Farm Bureau Duckworth also heard concerns about the president's budget proposal that would cut federal crop insurance. Duckworth says she'll oppose that proposal too.