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Illinois quick hits: Deere announces layoffs; ‘Home Alone’ home may have buyer

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Deere announces layoffs

John Deere is laying off more than 120 workers at its plant in Moline. The indefinite layoffs are effective June 28.

The company said in a statement that it is also buying land in Mexico for a new plant that will take some of the work that is being done in Dubuque. The agricultural giant also announced layoffs at three other Iowa locations.

Monitor air quality

Following the historic impacts of the 2023 wildfire season, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health are encouraging residents to routinely monitor air quality to protect their health and reduce contributions to air pollution.

Last year as a result of Canadian wildfires, Illinois experienced air quality conditions that had not been recorded in recent decades. Individuals most at risk due to elevated air pollution, including particle pollution and ground-level ozone, are those with respiratory or pulmonary disorders, as well as children and adults who are active outdoors.

‘Home Alone’ home may have buyer

The house where the holiday classic movie “Home Alone” was filmed has apparently found a new owner.

The iconic home, located in Winnetka, went up for sale May 24 with an asking price of $5.2 million. According to Zillow, the home is listed as “contingent” which means a sale is pending.

Built in 1921, the home was last sold in 2012 for $1.6 million.

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