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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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Patients and health care providers fought to change Illinois law…

Patients and health care providers fought to change Illinois law…

For nearly forty years, Illinois law has allowed doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to withhold medical information from their patients based on religious objections. That changed on January 1, 2017, when a new law went into effect. Click here to read more…

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Illinois residents could face sticker shock over beverage tax proposal

Illinois residents could face sticker shock over beverage tax proposal

If you think you’re already paying too much for sweetened liquid refreshments, hold on to your wallet. If approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law, Senate Bill 9 would sharply raise the price consumers pay for packaged sodas, syrup-based coffee drinks and tea. Click here to read more…

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Illinois Chamber of Commerce head sees hope for state budget

Illinois Chamber of Commerce head sees hope for state budget

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch remains hopeful that the state will come to an agreement on the budget. Business growth across the state has been stagnant without a proper state budget in place. Maisch believes having a state budget can lead to an economic boost. Click here to read more…

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Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan

Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan

If last week’s action is any indication, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois Senate are serious about attempting to bust the state’s 18-month budget deadlock — quickly. Click here to read more…

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Interest Rates Affecting the Security Deposit Interest Act

Interest Rates Affecting the Security Deposit Interest Act

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking announced today that the interest rate paid by the largest commercial bank … Click here to read more…

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Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill Signed Into Law

Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill Signed Into Law

Following more than two years of extensive negotiations, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill (Public Act 99-0906), which was signed into law on Dec. 7 by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. In addition to providing relief to the nuclear energy-generation facilities that comprise a material component of Illinois’ energy mix… Click

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Illinois economic comeback remains possible

Illinois economic comeback remains possible

Todd Maisch has seen how business growth across the state has sputtered without a state budget in place. Yet, he remains as hopeful as ever that state government leaders can soon reach an agreement with new legislators taking office Wednesday. Having a state budget can potentially lead to an economic rebound, said Maisch, the Illinois

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Illinois budget deal won’t happen this week, but will be refiled

Illinois budget deal won’t happen this week, but will be refiled

There won’t be a “grand compromise” to solve the Illinois budget stalemate during the Legislature’s lame-duck session, which continues Tuesday. Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, agreed Monday that it would take time for lawmakers to sort through a series of bills they worked out together… Click here to

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Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position

Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position

The Illinois Senate is poised to attempt a state budget solution on its own as the General Assembly returns to Springfield on Monday for the final two days of session. A bipartisan Senate deal began to emerge late last week with a goal of breaking the long-standing deadlock between Democrats who control the Legislature and

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