STATE NEWS

Public dollars, private gains

(Third in a series looking at the pork-barrel extras included in the state gas tax hike of 19 cents per gallon.) Are Illinois lawmakers thumbing their nose at the state Constitution?…

USDA cuts forecast for Illinois crop production

SPRINGFIELD — This year’s Illinois corn crop could be as much as 17 percent smaller than last year’s crop, while soybean production could fall as much as 21 percent, the U.S….

Concerns raised over gas-tax expenditures

(Second in a series of stories looking at the pork-barrel extras included in the state gas tax hike of 19 cents per gallon) Along with fixing roads, bridges and crumbling public structures,…

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