Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

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ILLINOIS JOINS INDIANA IN SUSPENDING GAS TAX

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Driven by election-year outrage over some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, Illinois yesterday became the second state to suspend its sales tax on gas.

Legislators, voting in a special session, urged gas stations to pass along the 5 percent tax savings. If they do, drivers could see prices fall by 7 or 8 cents a gallon in a state where prices in some areas have soared well above $2 per gallon.

The legislation suspends the tax for six months.

Last week, Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon signed an emergency order suspending that state's gasoline tax for 60 days.

'DECLARATION' FETCHES $8.1 MILLION AT AUCTION

In a milestone of Internet auction history, one of the last privately owned original copies of the Declaration of Independence was sold to television producer and political activist Norman Lear for $7.4 million yesterday on sothebys.com, the online site of Sotheby's New York-based auction house. …

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