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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Addressing Gambling Addiction In The Face Of New State Casinos
    Gambling, Gaming , Human Services (75)
    The State of Illinois has several resources to assist problem gamblers. The first is directly paying for treatment through gambling tax revenue and the lottery. The current budget is $6.8 million, an increase of more than 7 times what was offered in previous years. Individual sections of state government, such as the Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division within Human Services, doles out t...   read more >
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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Audit shows IDOT didn’t inspect bridges, follow reporting requirements
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14) , Transportation (91) McDermed, Margo--State House, 37
    A state lawmaker who supported doubling the state’s gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects said a new audit could mean some planned projects won't get funded.

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Illinois lawmakers propose property tax breaks for affordable housing
    Housing (51) , Taxes, property (87) Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate, 26
    Illinois lawmakers are looking at capping property tax increases for apartment buildings that include low-income housing in a portion of the building.

    State senators gathered Thursday in Chicago for a hearing to discuss Senate President John Cullerton’s read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Illinois Senate could vote on bill to require fingerprints for FOID card this fall
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) Willis, Kathleen--State House, 77
    The Illinois Senate could take action on a measure to require Illinois residents to submit fingerprints to get a Firearm Owners Identification card when lawmakers return this October.

    A Second Amendment advocate is urging police groups to oppose the bill.

    Senate Bill 1966 passed the House in May. It would increase fees FOID cards while decreasing how long the cards remain valid. It wou...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Illinois won't accept federal family planning money after abortion ban, governor says
    Abortion (1) , Governor (44) , Health (49) McSweeney, David--State House, 52
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois won’t accept money from the federal government for family planning centers after a federal rule barring tax dollars for centers that promote abortions.

    Last month, a federal appeals court upheld President Donald Trump's so-called “gag rule.”

    “The gag rule holds hostage federal funding for contraception for low-incom...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Sham Buyout Solution For Illinois Pensions Now Being Exposed - Quicktake
    Pensions (70)
    Remember two years ago when politicians from both parties bragged about the new pension buyout plan? It would save over $445 million per year, they said, and they booked the savings into the 2019 budget.

    We’ve told you repeatedly not to believe it, and now the evidence is coming in. The Civic Federat...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Corrections officer charged with forging lottery ticket worth $20,000
    Corrections (74) , Lottery (61)

    An Illinois correctional officer has been charged with forging a lottery ticket worth tens of thousands of dollars.

     

    Darrell Barry, 46, is charged in Cook County with a felony count of fraud and a felony count of violation of Illinois lottery law, Illinois State Police said in a statement.

     

    Barry turned himself into the custody of state police on July...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says downtown casino site could still end up in the mix for consideration
    Gambling, Gaming

    A downtown site could still emerge as a contender for landing a casino, though “noise” from tourism companies and convention operators needs to be addressed, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday, a day after her administration floated a list of five potential building locations on the South and West sides.

     

    Lightfoot — who during her mayoral campaign pointe...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    The Spin: Home of Madigan confidant raided, plus Lightfoot tries to slam door on Preckwinkle criticism, keeps open mind about downtown Chicago casino

    The Spin: Home of Madigan confidant raided, plus Lightfoot tries to slam door on Preckwinkle criticism, keeps open mind about downtown Chicago casino

    House Speaker Michael Madigan during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly on May 30, 2019. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

    The FBI has raided the home of another close associate of Illinois House Speaker Michael M...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    There will be weed, but where? Not all recreational weed dispensaries authorized in the state's marijuana bill may be open by Jan. 1.
    Recreational Marijuana

    With the state’s marijuana-legalization law on the books, the focus now is getting ready to have product on store shelves come Jan. 1.

    Growers are confident they can produce the product, but dispensaries might lag. To meet the tight timetable, state law authorized the state’s existing 55 medical marijuana dispensaries to also sell to the public and open another 55 d...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Feds raid home of third person close to Madigan: report

    The feds in May raided the home of Michael McClain, longtime lobbyist for ComEd and a close friend to House Speaker Michael Madigan, making him the third with ties to Madigan to receive a surprise visit.
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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    How many other ‘Judge Cooks’ are out there?
    Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Metro East (65)
    “My 6 amendment rights was violated due to me not having a fair trial due to the fact my judge was under the influence of drugs.”
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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Asphalt, transportation and trucking industries thank Morris rep for Capital Bill vote
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14)

    Local experts in the transportation industry are offering up thank yous to state lawmakers who backed the state's recent capital bill.

     

    Todd Weist of Tri-State Asphalt, LLC in Morris said local members of the asphalt, transportation, and trucking industries came together as a group to thank state legislators who cast 'yes' votes for the bill and its accompanying gas tax in...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    ‘I want to apologize to our constituents, our clients and our faithful donors’

    Land of Lincoln Goodwill has always been committed to our mission: Providing people the skills and resources to become self-sufficient through the power of work.

     

    In the past year, Land of Lincoln Goodwill has counseled and supported over 100 at-risk youth, we have assisted 500 veterans and 1,050 ex-offenders in their transition to employment, and more than 7,000 individua...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Former ALPLM staffers cited for improperly disposing state property

    Two former employees of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum improperly disposed of some property that may have had some historical value, an executive inspector general’s report said Thursday.

     

    The property was part of a wooden desk from the old Union Station the state bought for $22,600 in February 2008. An inventory report from the Department of Cen...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    Land of Lincoln Goodwill CEO resigns amid layoff controversy

    A day after Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries reversed a decision to lay off workers with disabilities because the state’s minimum wage is increasing, the organization’s president and CEO submitted her resignation.

     

    Sharon Durbin, who had been with the local Goodwill for 13 years, quit on Thursday. She came under fire earlier this week after it was revealed 1...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Florida agency using progressive tax, SALT cap to lure Illinois businesses to Miami area
    Economy (34) , Taxes, income (86)
    An out-of-state development agency is lobbying Illinois businesses to move to the Miami area, using the Illinois' proposed progressive income tax structure as a conversation piece.

    Christina Crespi with the Miami Downtown Development Authority said her trip in late June included talks with a number of financial firms in Illinois intereste...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Illinois creates fund to send state tax revenue to homeowners for property tax relief
    Taxes, property (87) Mayfield, Rita--State House, 60 , McDermed, Margo--State House, 37
    Illinois now has a fund that lawmakers can fill with tax revenue and will be divvied up between the state’s homeowners.

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill Friday creating the ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Illinois House Republican worries Democrats will use property tax relief task force to sell progressive income tax
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive , Taxes, property (87) Butler, Tim--State House, 87
     A task force of lawmakers could soon come together to address Illinois’ second-highest-in-the-nation property taxes, but one Republican said he's worried the task force will be used to drive support for a proposed progressive income tax.

    One of the many bills passed ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs
    State Fair, Fairs , Treasurer (92)
    Joey McLaughlin talks with Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs about the unclaimed property auction coming up at the state fair, and opportunities to see a preview of auction items. https://wtax.com/podcasts/illinois-state-treasurer-mike-frerichs-7/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Illinois trade-in tax change: One example of growing affordability challenge
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14) , Governor (44) , Taxes, sales (88)
    Affordability, an issue for car buyers nationwide, is becoming even more complex for consumers at the state level.

    Starting next year, customers returning to the vehicle market in Illinois will find the advantage of a vehicle trade-in diminished.

    A new law, titled   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Latest Chicago pension fund reports lay out frail conditions
    Chicago (16) , Pensions (70)

    Warnings about the weak health and liquidity risks of Chicago’s pension system abound in the funds 2018 financial reports.

    The net pension liabilities of the four city pension funds grew to a collective $30.1 billion in 2018 from $28 billion in 2017. The funds all recorded negative investment earnings after double-digit returns in 2017.

    The city has increased contributions...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Planned Parenthood of Illinois facilities remain open after court ruling
    Abortion (1) , Medicaid, Managed Care Skillicorn, Allen--State House, 66
    Planned Parenthood of Illinois isn’t getting any more federal tax money, but it has received millions of tax dollars from Illinois in the past decade.

    A federal appeals court last month upheld President Donald Trump's new rule prohibiting federal dollars from going to family planning centers that promote abortion.

    Planned Parenthood of Illinois President and CEO Jennifer Welch sa...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    St Treasurer Michael Frerichs
    State Fair, Fairs , Treasurer (92)
    The Treasurer previews the State Fair auction of unclaimed property. http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    SIU still months from new funding formula, may still give SIUE greater share of new money
    Education--Higher (37)
    SPRINGFIELD — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has received the results of a study commissioned to reassess the distribution of state funds between SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville.

    But it did not get the clarity ...   read more >

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