Illinois

Illinois Cigarette Tax
3:05 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Ill. committee approves cigarette tax increase

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An Illinois Senate committee has voted to raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pack and use the money for construction projects around the state.

Senators split along party lines Wednesday, with nine Democrats supporting the increase and six Republicans opposing it. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Democrats say the cigarette tax could replace other sources of construction money that are tied up in a legal dispute. They also say it would cut state health costs by discouraging smoking.

Republicans argue the increase would disproportionately fall on the poor.

Illinois Tax Increase
2:33 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Ill. GOP lawmakers continue push for rollback of new tax increase

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

Illinois State Republican lawmakers continue to push for a rollback of the recently passed income tax increase, but still haven't given their list of cuts to make up the difference. Senate Democrats are calling their bluff.

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Illinois Inmate Wages
3:18 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Ill. wants to collect inmate's prison wages

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The Illinois Supreme Court is considering a case that could determine whether the state can pursue wages earned by prison inmates.

Lawyers presented their arguments Tuesday.

Inmate Kensley Hawkins has saved about $11,000 during his 21 years in prison by squirreling away the income he makes as a furniture assembler. He makes about $75 a month.

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Illinois Online Sales Tax
2:06 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Amazon, Overstock cut ties with Illinois affiliates

The front door of Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle.
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Updated 2:12 p.m. March 11, 2011 to include Overstock.com information.

Amazon.com has made good on its threat to cut ties with Illinois affiliates because of a new law requiring the online store to collect sales taxes.

Amazon notified its Illinois partners Friday that it will stop doing business with them on April 15. It calls the tax law "unconstitutional and counterproductive.

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Illinois Online Sales Tax
3:13 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Quinn signs law to collect online sales tax

Boxes from Amazon.com. An Illinois retailer that might sell products through online retailers, such as Amazon.com, now must charge sales tax for their online sales, according to a new law.
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Illinois consumers may find themselves paying sales taxes on some Internet purchases under a new state law.

The law says sales taxes must be charged when people buy from online retailers through an Illinois-based partner. For instance, an Illinois business might sell products through Amazon.com.

Online businesses generally don't charge state sales taxes. Illinois customers are supposed to pay it directly to the state, but they rarely do.

Illinois Death Penalty
4:08 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Quinn says will act on death penalty this week

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Gov. Pat Quinn says he will act this week on a bill that would abolish executions in Illinois.

Quinn said Monday that he's "going to act" this week, but not Tuesday. He said there's still information he wants to read and research he wants to do before acting on the legislation.

The legislation reaches Quinn after former Gov. George Ryan dramatically cleared the state's death row in 2000.

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recall
12:20 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Mo., Ill. part of Skippy peanut butter recall

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The company that makes Skippy peanut butter is recalling two of its spreads that may be contaminated with salmonella.

No illnesses have been linked to the recall of the Skippy reduced fat creamy and reduced fat chunky brands.

Unilever United States Inc. did not specify how many jars have been recalled. They are packaged in 16.3 oz. plastic jars with used-by dates of May 16-21, 2012.

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Teens Electrocuted in Metro East
12:32 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Two Okawville teens electrocuted, die while trying to save raccoon

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A map of the location of Elm Farms in Okawville, Ill., where the incident occurred.

Updated 10:18 a.m. March 7, 2011 with services details (see below)

Some sad news out of Okawville, Ill. today as KMOV reports about an incident that killed two young men.

So, what happened?

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Illinois & Firearms
3:28 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Ill. Atty. general: state police should release FOID card list

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Updated 4:07 p.m. March 1, 2011 with statement from Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police released a statement this afternoon in disagreement with the Attorney General's recommendation:

"The Illinois State Police respectfully disagrees with the recent opinion of the Attorney General's Public Access Counselor (PAC) regarding the release of names of Firearm Owner Identification cardholders. The Department intends to request that the PAC issue a binding opinion so that the issue may be resolved through the judicial process."

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Illinois
3:39 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Quinn waited to sign state budgeting law, timing draws criticism

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, left, at his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

A new Illinois law is supposed to clamp down on state government's habit of overspending. But, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn waited until after his budget presentation to sign it.

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