An Illinois corporate tax credit program suspended earlier this summer amid a state budget crisis has since been offered to Amazon because of a previous commitment to the online retailer. First-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner put a hold on the corporate recruitment tool in early June amid a budget impasse that continues two months into a fiscal year without an approved state spending plan.

Peoria County's sales tax revenue lags

Aug 31, 2015
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Online sales and big box chains across the river are hurting Peoria County sales tax revenue. That’s according to the latest 2015 financial report presented to a county budget committee last week.

County Chief Financial Officer Eric Dubrowski says the tax from online sales is distributed to Peoria County at a lower rate, based on a per-capita distribution. The County's revenue is based on its unincorporated population of 37,000.  

Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law.

Earlier this week, announced it may start delivering packages carried by unmanned aerial drones.  But Matt Schroyer says that could take at least a decade, once regulations are ironed out with the Federal Aviation Administration.  Schroyer teaches students in Champaign County how to build drones, as part of a National Science Foundation grant to improve science education in the classroom.  In the short-term, he expects drone technology to play a large role in agriculture.