• Despite tax windfall, Ill. fiscal health little improved

    by  • June 13, 2013

    Despite a windfall of money in April that went to pay state vendors, Illinois’ comptroller is warning that the payments will have little impact on the state’s long-term fiscal health. A stronger-than-expected income tax season brought an additional $1.2 billion, earmarked for vendor payments, into state coffers, but comptroller Judy Barr Topinka says while...

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    USDA reduces corn crop to reflect wet spring

    by  • June 12, 2013

    Corn farmers are feeling the impact of a cool, wet spring but are still expected to bring in a record crop this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its monthly report released Wednesday that farmers are expected to bring in 14 billion bushels of corn this year. That’s 135 million bushels less...

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    Road group seeks tax tied to gas cost

    by  • June 12, 2013

    Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state’s deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-dollar-a-year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing...

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    Carbondale crime lab to close

    by  • June 12, 2013

    The only forensic crime lab in southern Illinois is scheduled to close by this time next year. The governor is consolidating the crime lab in Carbondale with a new facility in Belleville in order to save money. Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr says law enforcement can still investigate and prosecute crimes without the...

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