SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Backers of a plan to change Illinois' income tax structure say they've collected more than 150,000 signatures from supporters.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep collecting signatures on their petition through the spring. They want to convince lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot. The amendment would allow the state to adopt a graduated or "progressive" tax.
Under a graduated tax, higher earners pay a larger percentage of their income than middle and lower-class taxpayers. It's similar to the federal income tax structure.
Illinois' Constitution currently requires a flat income tax. Changing it would require a three-fifths vote in the Legislature and approval by voters.
St. Louis Police again reminding gun owners to Park Smart. A sales representative for Rhino Arms, a gun company, had her car broken into this weekend.
She parked her car in a lot around 1:30 Saturday morning in the 1400 block of Lucas Avenue. The next afternoon, she noticed the car's rear window had been broken. Thieves had opened her trunk and stolen, three handguns, 160 rounds of ammunition, and an AR-15 rifle.
Police continue to investigate the crime.
A federal appeals court has temporarily halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Monday issued a temporary injunction barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants.
Slaughterhouses in Missouri and New Mexico had hoped to start up as soon as this week after a federal judge in Albuquerque on Friday threw out a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups.
The groups filed an immediate appeal and won the emergency injunction.
The order continues the on-again, off-again plans to resume domestic horse slaughter six years after Congress cut funding for inspectors, forcing the last big slaughterhouses to close.