• Ill. businesses back health-coverage exchange plan

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    Some Illinois business leaders say a proposed legislative measure would help them buy health insurance coverage for their employees starting in 2015. Peoria Democratic Sen. David Koehler’s (KAY’-lerz) plan would create a state-governed “insurance exchange” to allow businesses to shop for health coverage required by the national Affordable Care Act. Larry Ivory is president...

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    Armed home invasion results in two arrests

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    Two Jefferson County men are in jail, the result of a warrant executed Monday in connection with a Sunday armed home invasion and beating in rural Jefferson County. In custody are 27-year-old Dustin W. Mannen, of Waltonville, and 21-year-old Jacob D. West, of Nason. They were arrested at a Nason residence after an investigation...

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    Cullerton still supports private lottery manager

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    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says hiring a private company to operate the state’s lottery was an experiment that needs to be improved. State officials say the manager, Northstar Lottery Group, should pay a $20 million penalty for falling short of the profits it promised in fiscal year 2012. Northstar was supposed to generate...

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    AG warns agains tax-refund anticipation loans

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    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

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    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

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    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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