• Soda tax falls flat in House

    by  • May 27, 2014

    Illinois lawmakers did not have an appetite to add a penny-per-ounce tax on sugared drinks to pay for public health programs. Not even the chairman of a House committee hearing the bill, State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), had the appetite for it. “This is a middle-class regressive tax,” he said. “67 cents (tax) on...

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    Jefferson County warns of sweepstakes scam

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A recent scam of a Jefferson County resident was reported to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, which could affect anyone if contacted. The resident received a letter and a check from Apex Financial Incorporated for $4,350 and claimed they were the 2nd prize winner of the European, African and USA consumer sweepstakes. The letter...

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    House Dems reject “doomsday” budget

    by  • May 27, 2014

    Illinois House democrats have given up on extending a temporary income tax increase and have begun working on a scaled-back state spending plan. Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that House working groups would begin work on a “middle-of-the-road” budget that’s in line with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn...

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    Disabled protestors arrested in Springfield

    by  • May 27, 2014

    Several disabled Illinois residents who were protesting potential budget cuts have been arrested at the state capitol. Secretary of State Police handcuffed and removed the residents from the capitol rotunda on Monday evening. Police did not immediately return calls seeking comment and more details. Mike Sentino was one of the protesters. The Chicago resident...

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    Bill to speed up fracking moves to House

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A House committee has approved a plan to speed up hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois. The executive committee voted 7-4 Monday to advance the plan by Rep. John Bradley despite protests from environmentalists. Bradley’s legislation would take away the power of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to adopt rules for...

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    Former judge set to begin prison term

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A disgraced former Illinois drug court judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is scheduled to begin serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions. Online court records show Michael Cook must surrender by Wednesday to the lockup that the federal bureau of prisons selects for him. The location isn’t made...

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