Stateline Midwest

The primary victory in Illinois of a little-known political newcomer has raised questions about how candidates for lieutenant governor are chosen — and about the office itself.

Seven Midwestern states are receiving assistance from the $8 billion High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to upgrade four federally designated high-speed rail corridors.

Iowa is offering an early-retirement package to state employees as part of its budget-balancing plan for fiscal year 2011.

For decades, the consumption of services has been making up a higher and higher percentage of  state economic activity. Yet many states' sales tax bases fail to capture the service-based economy.

The return of income-tax season has states making what has now become a standard pitch to taxpayers: File your returns electronically.

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