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IL Farmers: Corn Down, Soybeans Up
Illinois farmers say they're planting fewer acres of corn this season. The Department of Agriculture says corn fields will be down this year by 600-thousand acres. But farmers say they're making up some of the difference with a bump in soybean crops. Farmers expect to grow four-percent more soybeans this year.
Illinois Business Leaders Back Immigration Reform
At the urging of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a group of Illinois-based businesses joined politicians and civic leaders yesterday in calling for immigration reform. The group included leaders of Peoria-based Caterpillar, as well as Motorola Solutions and business trade groups. The business leaders say immigration reform could help them fill both high- and low-skill jobs they're having trouble with now.
Durbin Backs Internet Sales Tax Measure
Senator Dick Durbin is leading the push to require online retailers to charge customers the sales tax they would pay in the communities where they live. Durbin is behind a measure that has been supported in the Senate on a test vote. Governor Quinn says the state is losing about
200-million-dollars a year in state sales taxes to online purchases. In addition, Durbin says the practice is unfair to local retailers whose stores are used by customers to examine merchandise they then purchase online.
State Officials Ask More To Become Organ Donors
Secretary of State Jesse White wants more people to become organ donors. He says one person can donate enough organs to give 25 others a better quality of life. There are more than five thousand people on the waiting list for organs in Illinois and about 300 die each year while waiting. Anyone who wishes donate can get more details at LifeGoesOn.com, or by visiting their local Driver's Services facility.
Man's Lawsuit Seeks 100K For Cat 'Attack'
A lawsuit in Illinois is seeking 100-thousand dollars for an alleged attack by a house cat. Plaintiff William Baxter says he was left with injuries when a cat owned by Christine Boback quote "viciously attacked" him. In an odd twist to the tale, the couple from Homer Glen is actually married. For his part, the plaintiff's lawyer has so far refrained from commenting.
W-I-U Says State Owes It 46M
Western Illinois University officials say the state owes it more than 46-million-dollars. University president Jack Thomas made the announcement in a press release yesterday. In lieu of the absence of state funds, Thomas is asking for university officials to limit spending to immediate operational needs only.
Man Living In Tent Wins 50K Lottery Prize
A man who lives in a tent in Bloomington has become the recent winner of a 50-thousand-dollar Illinois lottery game. A man who is only being identified by the name "Dennis" won the money playing a one-dollar scratch-off ticket. The report says Dennis plans to buy a trailer to live in.
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