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SECURITY CHECK

Election authorities across Illinois are deploying a cybersecurity plan ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The state has added new equipment and implemented a variety of new practices, according to Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich. “Right now, it is as secure as it can be,” he said. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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CROPS OFF TO A GOOD START

According to USDA’s Mark Schleusener, 81 percent of Illinois’ corn crop is in good or excellent condition; 77 percent of beans are rated the same. Still, overall conditions are variable across the state. “There are some places, that if you go southeast of Springfield, that are probably suffering from too much rain,” Schleusener said. “And… read more

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‘SUCCESSFUL’ SPRINGFIELD SEASON

Illinois General Assembly sessions often go deep into June and include plenty of finger pointing and partisanship. Not in 2018. Statehouse business concluded just days after Memorial Day this year, leaving stacks of legislation on the governor’s desk for signature, including a budget passed convincingly by both chambers and already signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner…. read more

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STIFFER PENALTIES, JAIL TIME FOR CORRUPTION

A bill filed by state Rep. Grant Wehrli could up the consequences for political corruption in Illinois. The bill would increase fines to $150,000 for things like failing to disclose business interest, up from $2,500, and could tag on up to a year in jail. A 2014 study found Illinois was the fourth most corrupt… read more

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GOV: PICK UP THE BUDGET PACE

After meeting with four legislative leaders for an hour Tuesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner made his feelings clear on the current budget progress: it’s time to pick up the pace. “The process is moving very slowly,” Rauner said. “I would like to see it move more expeditiously.” Rauner made similar comments Monday while in Chicago. (State… read more

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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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