• Illinois tax policy ranks near bottom in nation

    by  • October 9, 2013

    Illinois ranks 31st in the nation when it comes to business tax policy. This is according to the tax foundation, which researches tax policy. Joe henchman, one of the authors of the report, says the personal income tax rate of 5 percent, under which many businesses also are taxed, isn’t bad. But everything else...

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    Illinois’ first frost coming this week

    by  • October 8, 2013

    It won’t be long before Illinois residents will wake up to something that signals the growing season is over for everyone from farmers to landscapers to gardeners is over: frost. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel says the first frost of the season in northern Illinois will likely arrive by Thursday. Central Illinois typically sees...

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    Health advocates seek e-cigarette regulations

    by  • October 8, 2013

    Illinois health advocates want state lawmakers to heap even more regulations on the use of e-cigarettes. A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors goes in effect January 1st. But health advocates want the state to add e-cigarettes to the Illinois Smoke-Free Act. Illinois’ Public Health Department is waiting for the FDA to...

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    Judge dismisses state’s claims in Murray case

    by  • October 8, 2013

    Judge Marvin Aspen Tuesday rejected the state’s claims that Murray Parents Association case should be dismissed because they did not have legal standing. Aspen said as a matter of law the plaintiffs have valid claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medicaid Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. But he also said the state...

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    Shutdown hurting Illinois economy

    by  • October 8, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues the state will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding. Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the State Department of Military Affairs, economic analysts at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and...

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    Ex-cop gets probation for tanning salon videoing

    by  • October 8, 2013

    A former southwestern Illinois police officer has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting he illegally took cellphone videos of women at a tanning salon. The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 47-year-old Michael Collins was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of unauthorized video recording. Prosecutors dropped two other counts. Madison...

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