(MT. VERNON) Downstate authorities are warning the public about identity theft and other scams associated with April’s tax deadline. While several southern Illinois reports have been made claiming tax return fraud, authorities say it often occurs when someone uses a stolen identity to file a tax return in someone else’s name. The thief then receives the tax refund that the victim should be getting. Those filing taxes should take the needed steps to protect documents with identifying information. Authorities are also warning people of phone scams where the caller claims to be with the Internal Revenue Service threatening residents and arrest and jail time if they don’t pay their taxes immediately at that time over the phone. The IRS wants everyone to know that they do not contact people by telephone, only with an official letter.
(CHAMPAIGN) Graduate student workers at the University of Illinois have gone on strike after 11 months of unsuccessful talks with administrators on a new contract. Picket lines started yesterday on the Urbana-Champaign campus as some undergraduate classes were canceled or moved to other buildings. Officials say daylong talks this past Sunday resulted in “absolutely no movement” as the group represents about 2,700 graduate students who teach many of the undergraduate classes. The group says it wants protection for tuition waivers provided to many graduate students. Administrators say their offer is more than enough.
(SPRINGFIELD) State Fair officials announced yesterday that a native of Paris, Illinois will headline the grandstand stage on Friday, August 17, later this summer in Springfield. Brett Eldredge will be the top show on that Friday night as his Illinois roots run deep featuring his second album entitled “Illinois” with many of his country music videos set in his hometown, Chicago, and other parts of the state. An opening act for Eldredge will be announced later, plus tickets will go on sale later this spring. The 2018 Illinois State Fair is scheduled to run August 9-19 in Springfield. For more, logon at www.statefairinfo.com.