Farm advocates say they're pleased with the tax deal lawmakers sent to Governor Quinn this week. Kevin Semlow with the Illinois Farm Bureau says family farmers are getting a big break thanks to an increase in the exemption level in the Illinois estate tax. Semlow says that will help farmers keep their farms in tact when there's an unfortunate loss of a loved one.

He says now many farmers won't have to sell parts of the land to pay the estate tax. Semlow says they're also pleased with a provision that extends sales tax exemptions, credits, and deductions granted to agri-fuels.

(Metro News)