• 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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    Trooper blamed in deadly crash seeks license again

    by  • November 6, 2013

    A former state trooper is trying for a fourth time to get his license back following a 2007 fatal freeway crash in southwestern Illinois. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Matt Mitchell is once again asking state officials to reinstate driving privileges he lost after pleading guilty to reckless homicide. Authorities say Mitchell was driving more...

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    Madigan: Legislature could return to fix pensions

    by  • November 6, 2013

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s prepared to pass a “meaningful” pension reform bill, and he hopes it will happen before the end of the year. The Chicago democrat says legislative leaders are waiting for actuaries to crunch numbers on some proposals they’re considering. Once they have the information he hopes lawmakers can return...

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