Springfield, Ill. – Today, Illinois shoppers will start paying more for toiletries, candy, soft drinks and liquor. Lawmakers increased the state's sales tax to pay for a statewide construction program.
Most candy had carried a 1 percent sales tax, but it now will be taxed at 6.25 percent. And it'll be the same for shampoos and toothpaste. Bottled drinks with added sweetener or flavoring, such as iced tea, will be taxed like soda.
St. Louis – Missouri is one of 16 states that will be part of a blitz of federally-funded advertising against methamphetamine.
The nation's drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske joined law enforcement officials in St. Louis Tuesday to unveil the latest anti-meth campaign. Radio and television ads will air in Missouri and 15 other states with high rates of methamphetamine production, while print and Internet-based ads will run in all states.
Los Angeles, CA – A judge has finalized his decision to throw out convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide.
Los Angeles federal Judge George Wu said in his written ruling that the case was never a legal test of crimes involving "cyberbullying."
He said prosecutors brought charges against Lori Drew under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute which does not involve cyberbullying.
St. Louis – Democratic State Representative Rachel Storch has officially announced she'd like to move over to the state Senate.
Storch, along with state House colleagues T.D. El-Amin and Jamilah Nasheed, and a committeeman from the 28th Ward, Joe Keaveny, are interested in the Senate seat vacated last week by Jeff Smith, who resigned after pleading guilty to two federal obstruction of justice charges.
Chicago – Taxes on liquor are set to go up Tuesday in Illinois, but how much more you pay in taxes depends on the alcohol content of your booze.
The rate goes up more for the hard stuff than beer or alcoholic cider. Still, many owners of small liquor stores are unhappy about the tax increase during a recession. Peter Vas owns Vas Foremost Liquors in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.