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Kevin O’Neill makes his weekly appearance to recap the Cubs’ win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wildcard game. Chris Manns of PTI Securities & Futures is in-studio talking to special guest, Rodney Weinzierl, Executive Director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association

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Kevin O’Neill

Kevin O’Neill is our Wednesday and Friday morning sports guy. His segment emphasizes what happens off the field as much as what happens on the field. All businesses have their intrigue, but the inner workings of sports organizations find their way into the public domain frequently. Unless a rant from the Chief spills into Kevin’s segment (not an unusual occurrence), he will highlight some of those sports related business issues; but be advised that those highlights usually come with an opinion. Read more.

Chris Manns

Christopher Manns manages PTI Securities & Futures’ global commodities area and is a research analyst. He devotes much of his time to monitoring and analyzing the latest international commodities reports and financial research. This allows him to keep the firm’s management well informed so that they can, in turn, apprise their clients on pertinent information. Christopher has more than 18 years of securities and financial services experience. Prior to joining PTI Securities, he was a floor broker for AE Staley at the Chicago Board of Trade, and worked for the grain division of Rodman & Renshaw. He has authored many commodities articles and training materials, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Christopher lives with his wife in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Read more.

Rodney Weinzierl

Rodney Weinzierl was named executive director of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Corn Growers Association in June of 1993.  He was chosen because of his past experience in the market development area, his expertise in the technical aspects of ethanol fuel and his familiarity with the corn grower issues.

As executive director, Weinzierl is responsible for administering the market development, education and research programs for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and coordinating the membership, legislative and public relations programs for the Illinois Corn Growers Association.

Weinzierl first joined the ICMB/ICGA as market development director in 1988 and served in that capacity until his appointment as executive director.  Prior to coming to the Illinois Corn Marketing Board he spent five years with the Cooperative Extension Service as the Agricultural Adviser of Tazewell County here in Illinois.

Weinzierl received Bachelors of Science degrees from Illinois State University in Agricultural Sciences and Production.  He currently resides in the rural Stanford, Illinois area with his wife Kathy and three daughters Gracie, Hannah and Claire.

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