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Statewide bag tax advances out of Senate committee Statewide bag tax advances out of Senate committee

Statewide bag tax advances out of Senate committee

A bill levying a 7-cent tax on plastic and paper shopping bags advanced out of the state Senate’s revenue committee Wednesday with its sponsor promising to bring an amended proposal back to the committee in the coming weeks.

Lawmaker: Illinois not doing enough to prevent suicides Lawmaker: Illinois not doing enough to prevent suicides

Lawmaker: Illinois not doing enough to prevent suicides

Suicide is a problem both lawmakers and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention think Illinois can better address. The most recent data available show 1,474 Illinoisans died by suicide in 2017, a rate of one person every six hours. That’s more than four times the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths that year, and it makes suicide the 11th leading cause of death in...
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