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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Top Cop Back In Springfield To Seek Crackdown On Repeat Gun Offenders
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Emanuel, Rahm , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was in Springfield on Thursday, hoping to convince state lawmakers to approve longer prison sentences for repeat gun offenders.

    Johnson will testify before an Illinois House committee at 11 a.m. to su...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Illinois governor’s race could be most expensive in U.S. history
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44)
    As candidates already have raised more than $81 million for their campaigns, the race for Illinois governor has seen enough money to exceed the average cost of a gubernatorial election, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

    The amount of money could make the race the most expensive gubernatorial election in U.S. history, the political watchdog group said.
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Rodney Davis statement on CBO’s analysis of GOP health care law
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act
    U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, issued a statement on Wednesday about the American Health Care Act, the Republican health plan that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office stated Wednesday would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance over 10 years:

    “Twenty-nine million people currently do not have insurance coverage under Obamacare even though they are...   read more >
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Unit 5 eyes budget issues from lax state payments
    Education Funding (36a) Barickman, Jason--State Senate, 53
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Illinois Republicans go on the attack after Democrats' tax hike vote
    Budget--State (8) , Legislature (56) , Taxes, income (86)
    A day after Illinois Senate Democrats approved a massive tax hike an...   read more >
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    The Pritzker property tax 'Oops!' — An embarrassing twist in the race for Illinois governor
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Taxes, property (87)

    Manipulating the property tax appeal process here is pure Chicago Way. It is government-approved, nonpartisan, graft-driven corruption delivered through back channels, not envelopes of cash (unless you count the fat campaign donations to certain politicians). It is negotiated through phone calls, often involving clouted attorneys. Some paper shuffling, a few knowing smiles and ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Bill aims to help you get what you’re owed
    Insurance (53) , Rauner, Bruce , Treasurer (92) Stadelman, Steve--State Senate, 34
    A few thousand dollars can make a big difference in the life of someone who has lost a loved one. That’s why you buy life insurance. You want to insure that the people you leave behind have some money to pay the bills. Some of us do a poor job of communicating what our policies are and what company to contact in case of an untimely death. If your loved ones don’t know a policy exists...   read more >
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Plan proposes governor, lieutenant governor share resources
    Governor (44) , Lt. Governor (59) McCann, Sam--State Senate, 50
    For years, there have been on-and-off efforts to abolish the role of lieutenant governor in Illinois.

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    JJC dual credit program can help students get ahead
    Education--Higher (37)

    One of the things I love about serving as Joliet Junior College’s president is the continuous opportunity to share how, over generations, JJC has positively shaped the lives of thousands of students.

    In our quest to make JJC the first choice for traditional students, returning adult students and local businesses and organizations, we also work diligently to make JJC the first c...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Legislative hearing takes up Illinois child welfare agency
    Child welfare (30) , Children, Teens (19) Flowers, Mary--State House, 31

    SPRINGFIELD – Investigators with Illinois’ child welfare agency face overwhelming caseloads and feel pressured to quickly wrap up abuse investigations, according to testimony provided during a legislative hearing.

    A panel of experts and lawmakers spoke Tuesday about issues at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    The...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Mendota board approves return trip to annual state convention
    Budget--State (8) , Education Funding (36a)

    MENDOTA — Members of the Mendota Grade School board of education will return to the Illinois Association of School Boards conference in Chicago later this year.

    Board president Sean Pappas said the conference offers many opportunities for professional training. The conference has cost the district nearly $10,000 in the past for hotel rooms, food including more than $500 at...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    No disaster declaration, but tornado victims can get relief
    Natural disasters (42)

    OTTAWA — Naplate and Ottawa residents affected by the Feb. 28 tornado have a chance at some relief. The North Central Illinois Council of Governments is looking for people to apply for a Community Development Block Grant and receive some federal aid.

    “We’re just trying to get the word out,” said NCICG executive director Kevin Lindeman. The grant would app...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme
    Pensions (70)
    To the Editor:

    HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques' book "The Wizard of Lies," the film (and book) tells the chilling tale of Madoff's fraudulent investment scheme in which more than 2,200 people lost almost $20 billion in retirement savings.

    That is a lot of victims losing a lot of money.

    But it's...   read more >
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Illinois House begins review of Senate Democrats’ budget plan
    Budget--State (8) Demmer, Tom--State House, 90 , Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , Harris, Gregory--State House, 13

    Illinois House Democratic budget negotiators said Wednesday they’ve begun a review of the Senate’s newly approved tax-and-spending plan to determine if it meets their criteria for passing a budget, something Illinois hasn’t had for nearly two years.

    At the same time, the state Republican Party has begun placing recorded phone calls to voters around the state an...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Lawmakers hear about high caseloads, pressure at DCFS
    DCFS (30)

    Investigators with Illinois’ child welfare agency face overwhelming caseloads and feel pressured to quickly wrap up abuse investigations, according to testimony provided during a legislative hearing.

    A panel of experts and lawmakers spoke Tuesday about issues at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Chicago Tribune ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Senate Democrats take action; situation still tense
    Budget--State (8) , Legislature (56) , Taxes, income (86) Brady, Bill--State Senate, 44 , Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , Currie, Barbara Flynn--State House, 25 , Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48

    Illinois Senate Democrats this week took the political risk to vote for budget measures, including an increase in the income tax and an expansion of the sales tax to some services because they said the time finally came to act.

    Republicans — who put no votes on the bills passed Tuesday — said negotiations were close and tweaks were needed.

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Senate OKs bill allowing AT&T to shift resources from older technology
    Legislature (56) , Technology (98)

    Legislation that would allow telephone giant AT&T to direct its resources away from landlines and into newer technology passed the Senate Wednesday.

    The bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, passed easily by a vote of 57-2 now goes to the House.

    The legislation would allow the phone company to free itself from a legal o...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Sounding the Alarm: Unacceptable
    Budget--State (8)

    Editor’s note: Illinois is the only state in America without a budget, a failure that digs it deeper into debt each day. But the lack of a budget is not the only serious problem that requires action from the state’s elected leaders. This is the final day of “Sounding the Alarm,” an eight-day editorial page special report exploring those problems. Read more ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Civic Groups to Lawmakers: Don’t Come Back Without Budget
    Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce

    Some high-profile civic groups are getting together to pressure state lawmakers to finally get a full-year budget done. Who are they, and is the Senate plan the one they believe the governor should go with?

    All of these groups, and some of them no paragon of tax and spend liberalism, are calling on the House to take up the Senate plan and the governor eventually to sign it. The groups cal...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Illinois Budget Now in Madigan’s Court
    Budget--State (8) , Taxes, income (86) Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Illinois representatives Wednesday are beginning to vet the $37.3 billion spending plan – as well as the tax hike that would support it – passed a day prior by their Senate peers.

    A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says a small group of budget-focused Democrats ha...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Rauner Signals He’ll OK Budget Deal For ‘Lasting’ Property Tax Freeze
    Rauner, Bruce , Taxes, property (87)

    (CBS) — It’s now been 692 days since Illinois had a state budget. That’s almost two years, for those of you scoring at home.

    On Tuesday, for the first time, Gov. Bruce Rauner identified the one issue that’s holding up a senate budget...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    State budget impasse continues as legislative session nears end
    Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce , Taxes, income (86)
    CHICAGO (WLS) --
    Gov. Bruce Rauner said he would likely not sign a budget deal that was approved this week by Senate Democrats which included a tax increase.

    As the back-and-forth continues between Rauner and the Democrats, time is ticking in Springfield - the legislative session ends in one week.

    If lawmakers go home without a budget deal, the state budget impasse...
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    State Sen. Paul Schimpf releases statement on budget passed by Senate
    Budget--State (8) Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58
    Illinois state Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, released a statement on a state budget that was passed by the Illinois Senate on Tuesday:

    “The Senate majority advanced an unbalanced budget based on the largest tax increase in Illinois history. That same proposal is also balanced on the backs of our public service workers, by short-changing this year’s pension payment.
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Marchers call for 'people first' state budget resolution
    Budget--State (8)
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Our View: Unacceptable
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
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