Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon also used in this report.
A plan to collect money from Illinois tax deadbeats produced more than expected.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Monday that offering delinquent taxpayers a chance to pay up without punishment brought in $314 million. It was originally expected to produce about $250 million.
Experts believe much of that overdue tax money would have been collected eventually. The amnesty program simply brought it in faster.
Boeing announced today that they're moving into production at their new site in Mascoutah, Ill., the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
The Illinois Republican Party plans a statewide pre-primary straw poll ahead of the 2012 presidential election.
The party made the announcement Sunday night at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan. The Illinois GOP says the straw poll will be Nov. 5 and measure the support of Republican presidential hopefuls.
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