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Guest Column: Smart policy propels infrastructure investment

Guest Column: Smart policy propels infrastructure investment

Over the last several months, fixing America’s crumbling infrastructure has become the talk of the town with goals of investing $1 trillion being tossed around. Illinois voters in particular showed they understand the stark realities about the state of our infrastructure when they overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the state’s constitution protecting public transportation revenue. Read More >>

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Edge tax credits creep back on Springfield agenda

Edge tax credits creep back on Springfield agenda

With the state’s biggest job-incentive program now due to expire next month, Illinois lawmakers again are pondering whether and how to extend the life of the Edge payroll tax-credit system. Click here to read more…

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Democratic State Senators Reject Gov. Rauner’s Push For Expanded Budgetary Powers

Democratic State Senators Reject Gov. Rauner’s Push For Expanded Budgetary Powers

Democratic state senators rejected a push by Republicans to give Governor Bruce Rauner powers that would allow broad spending cuts. Click here to read more…

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$15 minimum wage gets fresh push in Springfield, though passage remains unlikely

$15 minimum wage gets fresh push in Springfield, though passage remains unlikely

Chicago activists’ calls for a $15 minimum wage will hit an important milestone this week as Democratic representatives introduce a bill to raise the Illinois hourly minimum wage. Click here to read more…

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Illinois considers applying sales taxes to more services

Illinois considers applying sales taxes to more services

If you get your nails done at a salon or have your lawn mulched next spring, the service could be taxed under a plan Illinois lawmakers are considering to help fill a multibillion-dollar hole in the state budget. Click here to read more…

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Op-ed: Protecting Lake Michigan from Asian carp while protecting Illinois taxpayers

Op-ed: Protecting Lake Michigan from Asian carp while protecting Illinois taxpayers

No one has a bigger stake in the fight to keep Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species out of the Great Lakes than the state of Illinois. Click here to read more…

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Rauner And Mendoza Spar Over How To Pay State Workers

Rauner And Mendoza Spar Over How To Pay State Workers

The latest battle between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza is over how to pay almost 600 state employees. Click here to read more…

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Court rules in AFSCME’s favor

Court rules in AFSCME’s favor

The feud between Governor Bruce Rauner and the state’s largest employee union looks like it will continue longer than what the governor hoped for. A new court order ruled Rauner cannot force contract terms on AFSCME. Click here to read more…

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Morning Spin: Budget impasse spurs question: Should unpaid dentists be allowed to bail on state …

Morning Spin: Budget impasse spurs question: Should unpaid dentists be allowed to bail on state …

The move represents another attempt to deal with the consequences of the state’s long budget stalemate. Dentists and other health care providers who treat state workers often have gone without payment for months when Illinois’ unpaid bills keep piling up. Click here to read more…

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10 reasons Illinois’ ‘grand bargain’ fails taxpayers

10 reasons Illinois’ ‘grand bargain’ fails taxpayers

The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget plan is no more than a taxpayer bailout of Springfield’s failures. Politicians have made a mess of Illinois for decades, and rather than pass the spending reforms that would fix the state’s problems, those politicians want Illinoisans to pay up. Click here to read more…

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