CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn late last week signed controversial legislation that creates a pilot sales tax and revenue bond program to aid a proposed $378 million retail and entertainment complex in the struggling downstate city of Marion.

Under the measure, a portion of sales tax revenue generated by the 400-acre complex will go to repay so-called STAR bonds issued to help finance infrastructure and other development costs. The project is expected to divert more than $400 million in sales taxes over a 35-year period.

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