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    Communities reconsidering aggregate electricity buying

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    A drop in Ameren Illinois rates has some communities reconsidering where they get their electricity. The Champaign news-gazette reports that Ameren likely will drop electric-supply rates about 7 percent next month, on top of a decrease scheduled for October. That means that Ameren prices may be lower than alternative suppliers in central and southern...

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    Lawmakers move forward on college loan bill

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    State lawmakers have advanced a plan to explore if Illinois could offer college loans to students that would be paid back based on income after graduation. A Senate committee on Tuesday voted 9-0 to approve a study on the proposal. Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering similar legislation that allows students to pay back interest-free debt...

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    Durbin pushing for student relief bill

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    A tax on millionaires would pay for student loan debt relief under a plan proposed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) The bill would allow federal and private loan borrowers to refinance at current interest rates. Durbin says it would be fully paid for by enacting the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would charge a...

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    Topinka says legislation not needed on bill backlog

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    The state’s comptroller says it’s not necessary to pass legislation to use any unexpected revenue on paying down the state’s bill backlog. According to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue that wasn’t figured into this year’s budget is already being used to pay overdue bills. Topinka says there are...

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    Carlyle man sentenced to probation, sex crimes dismissed

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    A 31-year-old Carlyle man was sentenced Monday in Clinton County court to probation, after multiple counts of criminal sexual abuse were dismissed. Juan Manuel Fuentes-Nuevo must serve 2-years probation after he pleaded guilty Monday to Class A misdemeanor battery. He must also pay more than $2,600 in fines, fees and restitution per the plea...

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