• Cupcake bill heads to Quinn’s desk

    by  • May 27, 2014

    Illinois lawmakers have revived a so-called “cupcake bill” introduced after a young girl’s home baking operation was shut down. The Senate on Tuesday initially defeated the proposal, which paves the way for home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 per month. Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis was among opponents. The dairy magnate said proposed regulations...

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    Illinois House advance $35 billion budget

    by  • May 27, 2014

    The Illinois House has approved a scaled-back 2015 budget that lawmakers say will lead to layoffs and further delays in paying the state’s bills. The approximately $35.7 billion spending plan passed the Democrat-controlled chamber Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate. Lawmakers drafted the plan after House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his chamber had...

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    Marion to again host Miss Illinois pageant

    by  • May 27, 2014

    The southern Illinois city of Marion will host the Miss Illinois pageant for the fourth year in a row. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the event will be staged at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center from June 9 until the latest Miss Illinois is crowned June 14. Thirty-one contestants will vie for...

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    Metro prosecutor: “Don’t pay I-64 camera tickets”

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A southwestern Illinois prosecutor says motorists along a stretch of Interstate 64 don’t need to pay speeding tickets resulting from law-enforcement cameras because the fine-collection process isn’t legal. Saint Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly tells the Belleville News-Democrat he doesn’t have qualms with the cameras being used in East Saint Louis to catch...

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    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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