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State lawmakers at odds over capital bill funding State lawmakers at odds over capital bill funding

State lawmakers at odds over capital bill funding

House Democrats advanced a $2.44 billion plan to pay for state transportation infrastructure improvements Thursday that hinges on a hike in the motor fuel tax, vehicle registrations and fees.  Republican lawmakers took issue with components of the revenue measure — a boost to the state’s motor fuel tax, an omission of a bonding option and giving local governments the ability to levy an additional gas tax, to name a few. 

Video gambling industry: Don’t raise taxes; raise the bets Video gambling industry: Don’t raise taxes; raise the bets

Video gambling industry: Don’t raise taxes; raise the bets

If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gaming, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions - including raising the bet limit on single plays from $2 to $4 - rather than raise video gambling tax rates. 

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