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Prison population down 9 percent under Rauner

Prison population down 9 percent under Rauner

The Illinois Department of Corrections is making headway toward the goal of a 25 percent reduction in the state’s prison population by 2025, but continued partisan gridlock over the state budget could undermine that progress. Click here to read more…

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Groups Appeal To Rauner To Fight Obamacare Repeal

Groups Appeal To Rauner To Fight Obamacare Repeal

As Congress gets ready to vote on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, several health care advocacy groups in Illinois are warning Governor Bruce Rauner about the effects that would have and are urging him to try and stop it. Click here to read more…

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Illinois budget impasse hits local people, institutions

Illinois budget impasse hits local people, institutions

It has been about a year and a half since Quincy Teen Reach received any state funding, and no one knows how much longer the Illinois budget impasse will continue. Dennis Williams, who has directed the local Teen Reach for 11 years, said the state used to provide $116,000 of the program’s $158,000 annual budget. Read More >>

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Gold Standard Of Holiday Benefits: Results Of The 2017 Illinois Chamber Paid Holiday Survey …

Gold Standard Of Holiday Benefits: Results Of The 2017 Illinois Chamber Paid Holiday Survey …

One challenge that U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies often face is formulating a sick or vacation day policy that is consistent and comparable with what other locally-owned companies offer to their employees. U.S. subsidiaries hire a fair amount of local employees and providing these employees with the same or similar holiday benefits that their counterparts Read More >>

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Illinois Ranked 26th Healthiest State, Says Report

Illinois Ranked 26th Healthiest State, Says Report

Fewer people are smoking in Illinois than other states but more are drinking excessively, according to a report released Thursday. Based on an evaluation of dozens of health, environmental and socioeconomic factors, Illinois was ranked as the 26th healthiest state in the country in the 2016 America’s Health Rankings. Click here to read more…

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Rauner signs criminal justice reform bill, earning praise from Dems

Rauner signs criminal justice reform bill, earning praise from Dems

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner earned rare praise from Democratic lawmakers Thursday for his effort to reform the state’s criminal justice system. Rauner – the super-wealthy, fiscally conservative North Shore Republican – is Illinois’ new criminal justice reform champion. Even Democrats called a truce in the bitter state budget war to give Rauner some credit. Click Read More >>

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Rauner: We’ll meet again when Democrats get serious

Rauner: We’ll meet again when Democrats get serious

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he’ll resume talks with the four legislative leaders when the Democrats are ready to be serious about negotiating. “In the meetings, it’s been clear that there was a lack of sincere negotiations,” Rauner said after an appearance at the Department of Corrections to acknowledge training programs given to Correction’s Read More >>

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Bivins, Demmer address budget stalemate

Bivins, Demmer address budget stalemate

DIXON – As the state’s 6-month stopgap budget comes to a close, a new General Assembly soon will inherit the struggle to balance state finances. With an $11 billion elephant in the room, state Sen. Tim Bivins and state Rep. Tom Demmer, both Dixon Republicans, addressed a crowd of business leaders Wednesday during the Dixon Read More >>

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Chicago area sees slow jobs growth, downstate suffers continued job losses

Chicago area sees slow jobs growth, downstate suffers continued job losses

Illinois’ October metro jobs report shows a continued divergence between the greater Chicago area, where service-sector jobs dominate, and downstate communities that rely more on production-sector jobs. Over the past year Illinois added 30,800 jobs, according to metro jobs data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. These modest jobs gains have been concentrated in Read More >>

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State Lawmakers Sue for Paychecks

State Lawmakers Sue for Paychecks

No budget, no pay. That’s been the rallying cry behind the move to put state lawmaker paychecks in the same queue as the rest of the bills making up Illinois’ massive backlog. But six Democratic state representatives contend that forcing lawmakers to wait longer for their paychecks isn’t just illegal, it’s a Republican power play Read More >>

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