• Ill. lawmakers OK tax breaks, but no pension deal

    by  • November 6, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved tax incentives for Archer Daniels Midland Company and the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot. But they expect to end the fall session without action on the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall. The tax breaks advanced by a Senate committee Wednesday are aimed at getting the...

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    IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

    by  • November 6, 2013

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then...

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    USDA warns of fraudulent letter

    by  • November 6, 2013

    The USDA has been made aware that there is a fraudulent letter circulating to producers and – or contractors. The signature line in these letters reads “Frank Rutenberg” and the sender claims to be a employee seeking information about the recipient. These letters are a fraud, the sender is fictitious and recipients should not...

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    Springfield debates how to spend extra tax revenue

    by  • November 6, 2013

    (AP) Illinois is set to collect $369 million more in tax revenue this year, state lawmakers learned Tuesday. In a report to lawmakers, analysts at the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability credited the increase to a post-recession surge in car sales and a better-than-anticipated start to income tax collections. “Things, in balance, appear...

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