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White House orders Asian carp plan delay

White House orders Asian carp plan delay

The Trump administration has ordered a hold on the release of a tentative plan to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes by strengthening a choke point in the Chicago waterway system, according to the Detroit Free Press. Click here to read more…

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Illinois Senate makes progress on ‘grand bargain’

Illinois Senate makes progress on ‘grand bargain’

The Illinois Senate lurched forward on a budget compromise Tuesday but the critical votes for breaking the historic budget stalemate are scheduled on the floor Wednesday. The Senate relied heavily on majority Democrats’ votes to approve low-profile pieces of what’s been deemed the “grand bargain” to end the logjam between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and

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Rauner administration launches new jobs portal

Rauner administration launches new jobs portal

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has launched a new website called Working for a Better Illinois aimed at providing job seekers a way to apply for jobs in state government. The site was launched as AFSCME, the state’s largest labor union, prepares for a possible strike. Just last week, tens of thousands of Illinois government

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Duckworth says she’d work with Trump on a ‘decent’ infrastructure plan

Duckworth says she’d work with Trump on a ‘decent’ infrastructure plan

Trains, planes and buses weren’t the only moving targets U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and transportation leaders strategized over at a forum Monday. Click here to read more…

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Watch Berkowitz w/IL Chamber of Commerce’s Todd Maisch on State budget impasse and IL

Watch Berkowitz w/IL Chamber of Commerce’s Todd Maisch on State budget impasse and IL

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor any increase in the income tax rate from it’s current rate of 3.75% as a part of a deal— Todd Maisch: As a part of an overall package of which workman’s compensation [reform] would have to be on the table and we would insist on some… Click here to read

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Illinois Senate Proposes Tax on Sugary Beverages

Illinois Senate Proposes Tax on Sugary Beverages

A new proposed bill in the Illinois Legislature would make you pay a lot more for your sugar fix. The bill in the senate proposes a sugary beverage tax  that would charge a penny per ounce, that comes out to 16 cents extra for every can of soda, and 68 cents for every two-liter bottle. 

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Governor Rauner Says Negotiations Are Over After Union Threatens Strike

Governor Rauner Says Negotiations Are Over After Union Threatens Strike

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state’s largest employee union, voted to authorize a walkout on Thursday. Governor Bruce Rauner said they are at impasse and the union’s actions are hurting taxpayers. “I’m very disappointed that AFSCME leaders have advocated a strike,” Rauner said. “I think that’s a mistake.

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Protecting Lake Michigan while protecting Illinois taxpayers

Protecting Lake Michigan 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 assures gathering that he will persist with ‘turnaround agenda’

Rauner assures gathering that he will persist with ‘turnaround agenda’

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he understands the frustration of Illinois residents tired of living without a state budget. “It’s frustrating we don’t have a budget. … When I started this job, I was 6-8 and had a full head of hair. It’s hard,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not patient, but I

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Why Was Rauner Budget Proposal Greeted With Confusion?

Why Was Rauner Budget Proposal Greeted With Confusion?

The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Meanwhile, policymakers are still puzzling through last week’s budget proposal by Gov, Bruce Rauner, partly because his administration made a significant break with tradition in rolling it out. Click here to read more…

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