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Open Data
9:51 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Illinois Making More Public Data Available Online

(via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

The Illinois state government is seeking to make more local and state data available online and is challenging entrepreneurs to create applications with the information that will serve the public.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Open Technology Challenge on Saturday and said it would start on a pilot basis in four communities around the state: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and Chicago's south suburbs.

The governor said the project would increase transparency at the local level and create jobs.

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Illinois Law
1:08 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common?

(via Flickr/außerirdische sind gesund)

Both were subjects of new laws signed by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.

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Online lotto sales
3:00 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Ill. wants to start online lotto sales as soon as possible

Officials in Illinois say it'll take three to four months to set up a secure website for online sales of lotto tickets, which the Justice Dept. approved in a legal filing made public on Friday.
(via Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

Reporting from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield was used in this report.

Illinois officials are hoping to start online sales for the Illinois Lottery early next year.

The U.S. Department of Justice made public on Friday a legal opinion that supports state-regulated online gambling, such as lotteries. Illinois was one of the states to ask for legal clarification on whether the Wire Act applies to online sales of lotto tickets.

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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.
(via Flickr/Robert Scoble)

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.

from St. Louis on the Air
5:13 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Patch.com: now reporting from a neighborhood near you

photo by Libby Franklin

In these times of change and uncertainty in the media industry, many doomsday scenarios predicted the end of small-town news coverage.   As small dailies and weeklies all over the country shut their doors, many wondered what , if anything, would fill the void.

Enter Patch.com.

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