Governor’s progressive tax plan could have mixed results for married couples

ILLINOIS (IRN) — If Illinois adopts Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive tax proposal, some couples could take a tax hit for getting married while others could get a break, according to tax experts. Married taxpayers who file jointly with the federal government apply their taxable income to different brackets than people filing separately. The thresholds are…Read more…

IL Treasurer Wants Changes to Banking Rules for Pot Businesses

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Banking in the cannabis industry is a challenge and the state Treasurer is trying to modernize the rules. Right now cash that comes in from legal marijuana companies has a hard time finding a bank or credit union to take it. The laws are there to prevent drug money from illegal businesses…Read more…

Health Regulators Advancing Plan to Keep E-Cigs Out of Hands of Teenagers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations. The new guidelines, first proposed by the Food and Drug Administration in November, are the latest…Read more…

Shelters Open in Northern Illinois for Flooding Victims

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Residents in northern and western Illinois continue to deal with flooding as rivers swell from melting snow and recent rains. National Weather Service readings Monday show major flooding along the Pecatonica River at Shirland and Freeport and the Rock River in the Rockford area and Moline. The Mississippi River also is…Read more…

State Police Step Up Enforcement of ‘Move Over’ Law to Ensure Safety

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois State Police is warning to drivers to follow the state’s “move over” law or face a penalty of up to $10,000. The law requires motorists to move over from stopped emergency vehicles, which includes police, fire and EMS, construction, tow truck drivers and the general motoring public when they have…Read more…

State Rep. Ammons wants to avoid over-regulation of recreational marijuana

ILLINOIS (IRN) — More ideas about how to regulate the adult use of recreational cannabis could surface this week at the statehouse, but one lawmaker says the state shouldn’t overburden the industry or consumers. Greg Bishop reports … State Rep. Carol Ammons said whatever ultimately passes, should be on par with how tobacco and alcohol…Read more…

Country Music Legend Reba McEntire Closes State Fair Lineup

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country Music Hall of Fame legend Reba McEntire will perform this summer at the Illinois State Fair. Officials say she will close out the lineup at the Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage with a concert on Aug. 18. McEntire is a household name whose career has spanned five decades in music, television, film, theater…Read more…

Lawmakers Team Up to Pass Legislation to Study the Reopening of Tamms Minimum Security Correctional Facility

ILLINOIS (STATEHOUSE RADIO) — State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) and State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) joined forces in Springfield this week to pass legislation that creates a Task Force to study the reopening and re-purposing of the shuttered Tamms Correctional Center. Bryant is the chief sponsor of HB 210. Rep. Windhorst says that the Tamms Minimum Security Task Force…Read more…

Tobacco 21 passes Senate

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Illinois Senate has voted to move the tobacco purchasing age to the same standard as alcohol purchases. A bill raising the minimum age to 21 passed in the Senate 39-16, two days after the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation. Some dissenters in the Senate took issue with the legislation’s elimination of…Read more…

Illinois group celebrates math with ‘Pi Day’

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Illinois Science Council believes the importance of mathematics should be recognized at least once a year. That’s why the group celebrates ‘Pi Day’ – that’s P-I-Day, today on 3/14. Science Council Executive Director Monica Metzler says the group will hold four, Pi-Day, Pi-K’s, or 3.14 mile early evening fun-runs and walks…Read more…