• Schools to receive even less funding next year

    by  • October 18, 2013

    School administrators in Illinois are being warned to prepare for even less state funding for the next fiscal year. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Illinois State Board of Education is telling school districts to prepare to receive about 85 percent of the normal general state aid payments. This year, the...

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    Ill. Supreme Court invalidates “Amazon Tax” of online sales

    by  • October 18, 2013

    The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain internet sales. The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called “Amazon Tax.” The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting “discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.” Lawmakers created the internet tax in...

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    Cancer survivor pays it forward with freebie website

    by  • October 17, 2013

    Cancer is an illness that takes a lot of work to overcome. Once you are diagnosed, not only do you have to worry about your  health, but also paying for deductibles, co-pays and expensive medical care. Thankfully, there are generous people and organizations whose mission it is to make the journey a little easier....

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    River lock and dam project could mean Ill. jobs

    by  • October 17, 2013

    More than $2.8 million in funding for a troubled lock and dam project on the Ohio River made it into the deal that ended the government shutdown and could translate into jobs for Illinois. The funds would go to the Olmsted Locks and Dam, which is between Kentucky and Illinois. The Olmsted Project is...

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    Man pleads guilty to providing judge with heroin

    by  • October 17, 2013

    Federal prosecutors say a southwestern Illinois man who admitted to trafficking heroin supplied the narcotic almost daily to a former judge now facing drug and weapons charges. Thirty-four-year-old Sean McGilvery of Belleville pleaded guilty to heroin conspiracy and possession Thursday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a...

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