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The Iroquois West Lady Raiders’ basketball team suffered a loss to PBL on Thursday night in Paxton. The final score was 57-44.

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On Jan. 11, long time Watseka High School track coach, Joe Sutfin, was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (ITCCCA) Hall of Fame.

ATLANTA — Late last week (Jan. 3, 2020) Coca-Cola Company announced via a press release that it has acquired the remaining stake in fairlife LLC from its joint venture partner Select Milk Producers.

Within our area, mention great high school football coaches and one name will usually come to mind, Bishop Mac’s Hall of Fame Coach, Rich Zinanni, the coach with the third most wins in Illinois history.

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One of the most controversial provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the limit it placed on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. The TCJA capped the deduction on combined payments for state and local property, sales, and income taxes at $10,000 beginning in the 2018 tax year.

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the SALT deduction cost the government $100.9 billion in potential 2017 tax revenue. The estimated SALT deduction costs for 2018 dropped to $43.1 billion. It's a large part of the tax revenue increase that paid for the corresponding tax cuts.

Many taxpayers won't be affected by the SALT changes. However, people in states with high taxes and high property values can easily reach $10,000 from either property taxes or state taxes alone.

How do you know if you'll be affected? Check Schedule A on last year's tax return. If you entered more than $10,000 on line 5d and your tax status hasn't significantly changed, you'll pro...

How the Tax Cut Bill Is Raising Your State Taxes

Best And Worst States For The New Tax Law

Top 10 States For Low Or No Income Tax

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Do the words "tax return" send shivers down your spine because you always end up with a gigantic headache and little or no tax refund at the end? Maybe the problem is in preparation and planning – or lack of it. Tax law is complicated, and it takes a coordinated, sustained effort to optimize your refund. Let these nine tips help you acquire the best refund possible.

1. Don't Delay – The IRS doesn't start processing forms for the 2019 tax year until January 27, 2020, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until right before this year's deadline of April 15. If you need motivation, think of what you can do with a tax refund windfall. The sooner you file, the sooner you can put your refund to use. Two other reasons to avoid procrastination: the earlier you begin, the more time you'll have to locate any missing documents and data; and the sooner you file, the harder it is for a tax identity thief to target you.

2. Contribute to Retirement Pla...

Do You Qualify For An Earned Income Tax Credit?

8 Common Mistakes Of Tax Extension Filers

What are Deductions, Credits, and Exemptions?

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Your home isn't just your castle; it is also a source of tax deductions. Yet, every year, Americans let these potential tax deductions pass by, not realizing how to take advantage of them. Complicating matters, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made major changes to the tax breaks that every homeowner should know.

IRS Publication 530, titled "Tax Information for Homeowners", can fill you in on the deductions that are available to you for the 2019 tax year. Several of the most important tax benefits are listed below.

  • Mortgage Interest – This should be the largest home-related tax deduction that is available to you. If you bought your home before December 15, 2017, you can deduct interest payments on either primary or secondary homes, up to the limit of $1 million in collective mortgage debt if married and filing jointly, or $50...

Understanding The Tax Benefits Of A Mortgage

Are You Paying Too Much Property Tax?

Men Benefit More from Mortgage Interest Tax Deductions

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a program designed to provide tax relief for American workers with low-paying jobs. Could you qualify for this tax credit? If you have a relatively low income, take some time to find out.

Earned Income Tax Credit Qualification

Some eligible taxpayers miss out on EITC savings because they have no taxes withheld and think that they cannot possibly qualify. However, EITC is a refundable tax credit, meaning that even if you owe no taxes you may be eligible to get money back — as long as you file a tax return. You cannot qualify if you do not file. But if you do file, and owe no taxes, you may get a check from Uncle Sam anyway!

To claim this credit, you must meet certain requirements. First, you must have earned income. Generally, this refers to wages, salaries, tips or self-employment income. Other...

Get Ready For Tax Season!

Many Do Not Claim Their Tax Refunds Each Year

$500,000 Put In Salvation Army Kettle

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By Andrea Woroch

As a new decade begins, many have their sights set on change. After what feels like a lifetime of working, though, it can be difficult to transition to a cold-turkey retirement. To stay busy and supplement income many people are "semi-retiring" instead.

Folks are leaving their traditional jobs, cutting costs and looking for more flexible, fun work. And, these days, you don't have to look far. With the emergence of the "gig economy", it's easy to earn a little side cash, without having to commit to a 9 to 5 job – or even leave the house.

If your goal is to achieve a semi-retired lifestyle in 2020, follow these steps and start living out the rest of your life in freedom.

1. Downsize.

Your housing expenses are likely the biggest line item in your budget. Whether you rent or own, look at options for reducing this expense. Not only does finding a smaller house or moving into an apartment help lower your actual...

Semi-Retirement Is the New Retirement (Infographic)

Most Americans Think They Won't Need $1 Million To Retire

Video: Retirement Doesn't Mean The End Of Work

Almost immediately after birth a child begins to imitate their parents. They mimic mannerisms and behaviors such as smiling when their parents smile, make similar noises and, when they are old enough to talk, they repeat what parents say.

Vaping controversy has been front and center lately, with the recent news that the CEO of Juul, Kevin Burns, had resigned in September, as an increasing number of deaths related to vaping and threats of federal regulation are presenting a massive challenge for the e-cigarette company.

Whether it’s by car, train or plane, it can sometimes be tough to get a good night’s sleep when traveling. You’re away from the comfort of your own bed, and you could be traveling with people who cry, sneeze, talk loudly or watch a movie without headphones. But you can still sleep well while traveling. Learn how traveling across time zones impacts your sleep, what causes jet lag, and how you can feel rested the next time you travel across the country.

The American Society for the Positive Care of Children estimates that child abuse reports involve 7.5 million children, and child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups. The National Children’s Alliance has reported that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. Childhelp.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, found that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

It is healthy for the bodies to take probiotics. They cleanse the body and the gut system. The “good bacteria” helps keep the gut healthy. Instead of buying expensive probiotic products, nature offers some organic choices for you that you can use daily for a better gut health. The name itself is derived from the Latin 'pro-' 'for' and the Greek '-biotic' 'life. The discovery of the probiotics came in the early 20th century and was found in Bulgaria where the bacteria Bacillus Bulgarikus was found in milk.

National Videos

On Thursday night at the NCAA Convention's annual "State of College Sports" plenary session, Mark Emmert, a president rallying his constituents at a time of crisis, delivered a message that was predictably light on detail but heavy on rhetoric meant to build consensus on a shared mission before the attendees returned to their respective campuses. With his association under fire from the ...

WASHINGTON - The gender gap in President Donald Trump's approval rating is a massive 19 percentage points in a new poll. A 7 News/Emerson College poll of registered voters nationwide found 57% of men approved of the job he is doing as president, while only 38% of women approved. That is even higher than the 11 point gender gap in exit polls conducted in the 2016 election, which is tied with ...

BEIJING - As Chinese officials take unprecedented measures to contain the spread of a new respiratory virus of unknown potency, 21 million people at the epicenter of the outbreak are under quarantine and Lunar New Year celebrations around the country have been canceled. Despite the health crisis, millions of people have traveled to their hometowns or abroad for the holiday and will eventually ...

Trump says Mideast peace plan to be unveiled before Tuesday WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said he plans to release the Middle East peace plan that he's been promising since his 2016 campaign, pledging to reveal it before Israeli leaders visit the White House on Tuesday. "Sometime prior to that," Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One when asked when the White House will put ...

Ellie Rabe, daughter of Trent and Jessica Rabe, just finished her time as the first Student of the Week for Jody Munsterman’s fourth grade classroom this school year at Crescent City Grade School. Dad is a painter and Mom is the head cook at CCGS. Her nickname is “Jelly,” which she got “from…