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    Illinois ranks low in smoking prevention

    by  • December 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    An anti-smoking organization says Illinois is spending far less than what’s needed to prevent kids from smoking. The “campaign for tobacco-free kids” says that Illinois is 32nd in the nation in money spent towards stopping kids from picking up the habit. Both this fiscal year and next fiscal year, Illinois plans to spend just...

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    Lotteries decide ballot placements

    by  • December 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Sen. Bill Brady will be the first republican listed on next spring’s primary ballot for governor. Brady won a four-way lottery yesterday to claim the coveted ballot position. Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn will be listed second on the democratic side behind Tio Hardiman. Brady, of Bloomington, will be followed on the march 18...

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    State’s financial condition still troubled

    by  • December 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The state’s financial condition is still troubled, even if the new pension law stands up in court. The pension adjustments will save billions, but the state still will be in the hole, says David Merriman of the institute of government and public affairs at the university of Illinois. Their estimates showed deficits in the...

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    Unemployment rises with seasonal adjustments

    by  • December 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. The labor department...

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    Tornado victims receive tax extensions

    by  • December 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Governor pat Quinn today announced that residents affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes will now have until may 31, 2014 to file any tax returns due on or after Nov. 15. Individuals and businesses who normally file quarterly returns won’t have the pressure to file those returns or payments while trying to recover from...

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