• AG warns agains tax-refund anticipation loans

    by  • March 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan is sounding the alarm about the high cost of tax-refund anticipation services. Madigan says her office is monitoring businesses that offer tax-refund anticipation loans as the deadline for filing annual tax returns nears. According to Madigan, with tax season in full swing, tax preparers are once again flooding the...

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    Metro East man jailed for breaking infant’s legs

    by  • March 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A southwestern Illinois man is jailed on a felony count alleging he broke the legs of his infant son. Madison County prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Matthew Barnett of Granite City with one count of aggravated battery of a child. Sheriff’s Capt. T. Mike Dixon says that the investigation began when authorities were notified by Illinois...

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    Businesses liable for $7.3 million in unpaid unemployment benefits

    by  • March 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    More than $7.3 million has been collected from 23 businesses because the state now can hold individuals personally liable for purposefully not paying the full amount of the payroll tax that funds unemployment insurance benefits, says the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Compliance is 27 percent above levels prior to the 2011 legislation. the...

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    Proposal would stop the dumping of deer meat

    by  • March 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Here’s a bill with a simple message – don’t waste meat. But it’s not about nutrition. It’s about the illegal dumping of deer. The bill would make wasting or destroying useable meat illegal. Sgt. Jamie Maul of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says under the current law, hunters are required, if there is...

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    More help for homeowners facing foreclosure

    by  • March 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois homeowners facing foreclosure may soon be eligible for up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance. Gov. Pat Quinn announced that beginning April 1 the Illinois Housing Development authority is increasing the amount eligible households may receive from the Illinois Hardest Hit Program. Currently homeowners may receive $25,000. Quinn’s office says the increase will help...

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