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LAWMAKERS MOVE TO BLOCK TAX CHANGE

Republican senators at the Illinois statehouse are working to block any move to change the state’s method of taxing income. Currently, several measures backed by Democrats at the statehouse would ask voters to change the tax structure to a progressive tax; the state constitution requires income to be taxed at a flat rate. (Illinois News… read more

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BEHIND YOUR TAX BILL

#Illinois is second to New Jersey in having the distinction of highest property taxes in the U.S. But what actually goes in to determining how much you pay? (Chicago Tribune)

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PROPOSED PROGRESSIVE TAX CALCULATOR

How much would a progressive tax cost your family? The proposal by Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, involves tax rates from 4-7.65 percent depending on income. It starts with a 4 percent tax rate for annual income up to $7500. (Illinois Policy)

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MID-SIZE ILLINOIS FARMS DISAPPEARING

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows in the past 30 years, ag production has shifted from midsize family farms to a small number of large family farms, leaving many very small farms with no more than 10 acres. (USDA)

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REDISTRICTING RESOLUTION

Illinois Farm Bureau is among the groups that support amending the state constitution and creating an independent redistricting coalition. The Illinois Redistricting Collaborative wants to put the matter before voters on the November ballot. The amendment would change the way legislative and congressional districts are drawn in Illinois. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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SEAL THE BORDERS

Rather than compete against each other for students, the U of I, ISU, SIU and WIU have united to keep students in Illinois to pursue their college education. Illinois leads the nation in net loss of students, totaling more than 14,000 in 2016. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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#PORK WORRIES

#Illinois pork producers are concerned about a proposed 25 percent Chinese tariff on American pork imports. It would be bad news for Illinois, which is the fourth-largest pork producing U.S. state and China’s second largest pig market. (Illinois News Network)

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GUN CONTROL BILLS ADVANCE

A range of gun control measures passed the Illinois House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, setting the table for votes before the full House and Senate on Wednesday. The bills would ban body armor and high-capacity gun magazines, address mental health issues, and raise the legal age for buying assault weapons. (The State Journal-Register)

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RE-OPENING

#Illinois’ executive mansion in Springfield is scheduled to re-open for public tours on July 14, marking the end of a $15 million renovation. The governor’s mansion was last restored in 1972. (Chicago Tribune)

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SILICON VALLEY OF THE MIDWEST

A family company started by a farmer grew over a quarter century to become a recognized name in agriculture across the nation. Now that Tremont, IL-based Precision Planting has been acquired by AGCO, the focus will shift from farm components to software development and global innovation. (Journal Star)

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