The University of Illinois has partnered with Amazon to make the school's Illini Union Bookstore the first pickup location in the state.
The Amazon(at)Illinois location is scheduled to open by the end of October. Amazon customers will be able to have their purchases delivered to the store instead of shipped to their residences. Same-day pickup will be available for some customers on certain items.
Amazon is building its own space in the union. It will pay rent and have its own employees.


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.