Illinois targeting alcoholic beverage niches

From the Bloomington, IL, Pantagraph

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- At the same time Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are considering taxing wine and liquor to fund a statewide construction program, the governor’s proposed budget calls for cuts in state aid to Illinois wineries.

Quinn’s budget plan would slash about $225,000 in funding used for research and advertising. The proposal, however, is subject to change as lawmakers work toward a May 31 scheduled adjournment. ...

Illinois wine industry leaders were in Springfield on Friday trying to make sure they were spared from cuts. Coincidentally, the group said they received last year’s state funding, six months late, the same day.

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