By Heartland News
CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Back-to-school items in Illinois will be cheaper this year thanks to a designation by the governor.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday creating the state's first statewide sales tax holiday, running from Aug. 6 through Aug. 15. This measure will help lower families' costs for items such as new shoes and school supplies.
Quinn says that school shopping can be expensive and difficult for families that are struggling to make ends meet.
Parents in Ill. spend between $800 and $1.2 billion every year on school supplies.
Clothes that cost under $100 are eligible as well as everything from pencils to binders. The holiday does not apply to items such as computers and after-school supplies, according to Quinn.