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Revenue
11:43 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Illinois Ends Fiscal Year In The Black...Temporarily

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:18 am

The state took in over a billion dollars more in taxes than the prior year, thanks to an uptick in sales tax money.  Personal income tax revenue also rose , but the amount coming from corporate income taxes dropped. It's something Jim Muschinske, a budget forecaster for the state, said was predicted.

"That was not unexpected. In fact, we actually did better this fiscal year than what was initially assumed back when the budget was passed," Muschinske said.

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Contingent on Sales Tax Approval
8:14 am
Thu July 10, 2014

MODOT Could Elevate Flooded Highway in Clark County

Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line remains closed due to flooding.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Improvements could be made to a highway in Clark County that is prone to flooding, as long as voters support a new sales tax next month.

The stretch of Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line runs near the intersection of the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers.

It is shut down at the moment because flood water has overtaken the road.  MoDOT must inspect the road once the water has receded before it can be re-opened.

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16 Years with Department
5:31 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Beavers Named Des Moines County Attorney

New Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers
Credit www.facebook.com

Des Moines County’s new top prosecutor is already planning to make some changes.

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Courtney Questions Promotion, Delivery
5:30 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Iowa Senator Wants Answers About Veterans Programs

State Senator Tom Courtney (D-Burlington) wants to know why military veterans are not aware of what Iowa has to offer.

There seems to be a disconnect between what the Iowa Legislature has been doing for military veterans and the public’s awareness of it.

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Illinois Prisons
9:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:26 am

Not long ago, it seemed every time a different type of crime started making the news, members of the Illinois General Assembly would rush to increase the penalty for that offense. But today — with prisons stuffed beyond capacity and state finances ailing — lawmakers have begun taking a more deliberate approach. Brian Mackey reports on a criminal sentencing culture change in the Illinois General Assembly.

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