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Budget deal would raise taxes by billions

Budget deal would raise taxes by billions

The Senate’s offer to resolve the state’s budget crisis through a package being called the “grand bargain” would end up raising taxes in the state by billions of dollars. Click here to read more…

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Illinois Chamber chides business ‘opportunity tax’

Illinois Chamber chides business ‘opportunity tax’

The Illinois Chamber says it has a number of problems with the “grand bargain” pending in the state’s senate, but one problem stands out — the tax for the “privilege of doing business in Illinois.” Click here to read more…

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Lawmakers hope action follows State of the State talk of bipartisan compromise

Lawmakers hope action follows State of the State talk of bipartisan compromise

Although the state hasn’t approved a comprehensive budget since he took office two years ago, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner told lawmakers during his third State of the State address Wednesday that he’s “deeply optimistic about the future of our beloved Illinois.” Click here to read more…

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Illinois Considers Increase in State Income, Sales and Employer Taxes

Illinois Considers Increase in State Income, Sales and Employer Taxes

Extending the Illinois state sales tax to some services and an “opportunity” tax on employers based on the size of their payrolls are part of a $6.5 billion package of tax hikes now being proposed as part of the state Senate’s effort to end Illinois’ two-year budget impasse. Click here to read more…

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State of the State: Rauner optimistic about Illinois’ future, despite budget crisis

State of the State: Rauner optimistic about Illinois’ future, despite budget crisis

Governor Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he’s deeply optimistic about the future of the state, despite the current budget crisis, in his State of the State address in Springfield. Click here to read more…

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Local superintendent reacts to Gov. Rauner’s State of State addr – WGEM.com: Quincy News …

Local superintendent reacts to Gov. Rauner’s State of State addr – WGEM.com: Quincy News …

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner spoke about increasing K-12 funding to schools as an achievement during his State of the State address Wednesday; one local superintendent doesn’t fully agree. Click here to read more…

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State chamber member discusses Illinois budget, changes under Trump

State chamber member discusses Illinois budget, changes under Trump

As Illinois lawmakers make another attempt at a state budget and President Donald Trump begins to send out executive orders, the state is looking at some changes for 2017. For the state budget, the most important thing in the business climate is stability, said Benjamin Brockschmidt, executive director of the Infrastructure Council and vice president Read More >>

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Harris responds to AFSCME scheduling strike vote

Harris responds to AFSCME scheduling strike vote

American Federation of State, County and Municipal (AFSCME) officials sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner this month outlining a new settlement “framework” in which the union said it would be willing to resume negotiations on a new contract. Under the new framework, AFSCME would agree to a four-year freeze in base salary increases Read More >>

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Keefe: Illinois Workers’ Comp Reform Update

Keefe: Illinois Workers’ Comp Reform Update

The battle in Springfield continues to rage. Here are our thoughts along with the analysis/comments of the workers’ compensation gurus at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. We like to tell all of our readers that chamber President Todd Maisch and his expert lobbyist, Jay Dee Shattuck, are the go-to folks to monitor and protect the interests of Illinois business, and local Read More >>

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State Moves To Slap Businesses With Soda Tax To Cover Budget Woes

State Moves To Slap Businesses With Soda Tax To Cover Budget Woes

Officials in Illinois will attempt a Philadelphia-style soda tax implemented on retailers statewide, which critics argue will only lead to higher prices and angry shoppers. Click here to read more…

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