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Business tax burden higher in Illinois than Midwest

Business tax burden higher in Illinois than Midwest

As Springfield lawmakers wrestle with whether to raise taxes to ease a sea of red ink, a new report takes a good look at where Illinois business stands in terms of what it’s paying relative to its peers. The bottom line: Nationally, Illinois stands about in the middle, ranking 30th of the 50 states and

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Illinois bill would ban forcible passenger removal from flights

Illinois bill would ban forcible passenger removal from flights

An Illinois lawmaker today introduced a bill to ban the forcible removal of travelers from flights by state or local government employees after a United Airlines passenger was dragged from an aircraft last week. Click here to read more…

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Uncertainty looming for Illinois businesses impacted by Brexit

Uncertainty looming for Illinois businesses impacted by Brexit

Uncertainty is one word to describe the effect Brexit has had on economies around the world. Voters in the United Kingdom casted ballots in June 2016 in favor of leaving the European Union, and it turns out their choice directly impacts businesses in Illinois. Click here to read more…

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Democrats counter Rauner with ‘Illinois comeback agenda’

Democrats counter Rauner with ‘Illinois comeback agenda’

Nearly two years into an unprecedented state budget stalemate, a group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday unveiled a legislative agenda of their own, saying “we wanted to be for something” instead of just opposing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner‘s wish list. Click here to read more…

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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.

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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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