Challenge to California’s prostitution ban may proceed, judges rule

Challenge to California’s prostitution ban may proceed, judges rule LAPD officers.  (AP) A federal appeals court gave the go-ahead Thursday to activists seeking to overturn California’s 145-year ban on commercial sex. A three-judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the plaintiffs’ legal challenge against the ban may proceed. The …

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Taxpayers should flex their muscle, pick their punches

Berg: Taxpayers should flex their muscle, pick their punches By Austin Berg | Illinois News Network Shutterstock photo It wasn’t exactly the Boston Tea Party, but it took everything short of dumping Diet Coke into Lake Michigan for Cook County residents to force the repeal of an unpopular tax on sweetened beverages. The county’s penny-per-ounce …

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Abundance of governments is one driver of collar county property taxes

Abundance of governments is one driver of collar county property taxes Consolidating governments in the collar counties could help lower residents’ high property taxes. Consolidating governments in the collar counties could help lower residents’ high property taxes. Illinois’ nearly 7,000 units of government, the most of any state in the country, can be expensive for …

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