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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Attracting more teachers goal of proposed legislation
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) Rezin, Sue--State Senate 38 , Righter, Dale--State Senate, 55
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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    OUR VIEW: EIU can move ahead even as state sputters
    Budget--State (8) , Education--Higher (37)

    If the condition of Eastern Illinois University is to improve, in the short-term as well as the coming years, two things seem clear.

    First, state legislators and the governor must craft a budget, something they have failed to do for almost 23 months. Yes, it is maddening. Second, EIU officials must find ways t...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Abortion bill could be thorny issue for Rauner campaign
    Abortion (1)

    A thorny issue is already prickling Gov. Bruce Rauner’s side more than a year before what will likely be a contentious gubernatorial election — with some saying the Republican governor’s refusal to support a bill to remove an abortion trigger provision that also expands Medicaid coverage could cost him voters.

    Rauner’s administration on April 14 said he p...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Can Bruce Rauner save himself?
    Rauner, Bruce

    With Illinois in near financial ruin, as businesses and economic refugees flee the state in search of opportunity, there is at least one industry prepared to invest $200 million or more in Illinois' strangled economy:

     

    Politics.

     

    Political expenditures in the 2018 gubernatorial elections could reach that $200 million sum, perhaps exceed it, as Republi...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Morning Spin for Monday, April 24, 2017
    Budget--State (8)

    The speculation at the Capitol held that if the state’s budget impasse continues through next year’s election, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will campaign on the fact that he blocked Democrats from hiking taxes.
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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Is the tollway getting cold feet on Route 53 extension?
    Tollways (91b)

    For months, the Route 53 extension has languished on the back burner at the Illinois tollway.

    But separate events last week -- a survey showing support for extending the road north and a public protest against it -- have thrust the controversial project back into the spotlight.

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Eastern Illinois University attempts to boost enrollment
    Budget--State (8) , Education--Higher (37)

    CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University has boosted its marketing campaigns, social media outreach and events for admitted students in an attempt to reverse a recent trend of declining enrollment.

    The university's figures show that total enrollment has declined from more than 8,500 in the fall of 2015 to fewer than 6,700 this spring. Enrollment numb...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Health insurance subsidies at risk in budget bill to keep government running
    Health (49) , Insurance (53) , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

    WASHINGTON – Health insurance is the last thing Linda Inness wants to worry about.

    The chemotherapy pills her husband, Gabe, takes for the colon cancer that spread to his liver costs more than $1,000-a-month.

    Yet the couple, who reside outside Knoxville, Tennessee, live daily with distress over the real possibility they could lose their subsidized insuran...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Letter to the Editor: Governor did the right thing
    Abortion (1) , Rauner, Bruce

    I read your article on Page A3 of the Effingham Daily News entitled, "Rauner opposes controversial bill." (Associated Press, April 15, 2017.) It talked about HB40, which was a Democrat-backed measure that would allow the state to cover abortion for its employees and Medicaid recipients.

    The governor vetoed it.

    What a nice present for Easter and to honor Jesus on the Easter ...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    State foreclosure rates among worst
    Banks (7) , Housing (51)

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals
    Business (10) , Minimum Wage (10) , Rauner, Bruce Guzzardi, Will--State House, 39

    SPRINGFIELD – Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.

    The proposal would lift the state’s minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $15 over the next five year...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Letter: Legalizing harmful marijuana not the answer
    Drugs (32)

    To the Editor:

    Marijuana is addictive and harmful, especially for teenagers. National Institute on Drug Abuse director Nora Volkom, M.D., said 9 percent of those exposed to marijuana become addicted, 19 percent if used as a teenager, 50 percent of teens who use it regularly.

    An article in the April 16, 2014, issue of the Journal of Neuroscience reported large amounts of marijua...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Former addict takes recovery to community
    Drugs (32)

    When Luke Tomsha addressed La Salle City Council this month, he faced a daunting challenge.

    Tomsha was not used to speaking in public and figured a small crowd at a nighttime government meeting would be good practice.

    It so happened he chose a night when, unbeknownst to him, p...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Ratings agency downgrades credit of 6 Illinois universities
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago .

    The credit house said it took action Thursday with the schools because it's possible lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner will fail to agree on an annual budget by the schedu...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Cheers & Jeers

    CHEERS to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and others who late last month, citing the actions of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, joined the push for the elimination of statutes of limitations on child abuse and assault crimes. Cheers also to state Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Rock Island) who is one of the co-sponsors of Senate Bill 189.

    Under current Illino...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    S&P hammers Illinois again
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating

    Congratulations, everybody! Illinois now has five public universities with junk bond credit ratings. That has to be some kind of record.

     

    Last week, S&P Global Ratings lowered the credit score of both Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University into junk bond status. Eastern, Northeastern and Governor's State were already in junk bond territory and the...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Getting smart about college planning
    Education--Higher (37)

    College commencements are just weeks away, and many graduates will leave with significant student loan debt. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, graduates of Illinois colleges and universities in 2015 who borrowed had an average student loan debt of $29,000.

    Student loan debt can delay important milestones like home ownership and marriage. Parents can help...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Lawmakers forget responsibility that comes with publicity
    Education Funding (36a) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48

    How many times in the last few years have we seen “Manar introduces education funding bill,” or “Pension funding bill heads to House,” or “Grand Bargain is still alive” as a story in the State Journal-Register? Unfortunately, way too many times to count.

    These and other similar headlines have been repeated over and over in the SJ-R and newspap...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Lawmakers return from spring break; ‘bargain’ remains unresolved
    Budget--State (8)

    After a two-week spring break, state lawmakers return to Springfield this week to resume work on an end to the budget stalemate that has eluded them for nearly two years.

    Just before departing the Capitol, the House approved another stopgap spending bill that would provide more than $800 million to higher education and human-services programs.

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Statehouse Insider: Let the show resume
    Legislature (56)

    Psst. Don’t tell anyone, but the General Assembly is returning to Springfield this week.

    Didn’t notice they were gone? That’s understandable, since lawmakers weren’t doing a whole lot of memorable stuff before they took off for a two-week spring break.

    Both the House and Senate are coming back now to begin the ...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    Political Experts Predict Bleak Outlook On Remaining Days of Session
    Budget--State (8)

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Voice of The Southern: Cairo searching for its hero
    Federal Government (22A) , Housing (51)

    Let’s cut right to the chase —  the situation in Cairo is untenable.

    Residents of the city are upset that public housing is being torn down and nobody has been held accountable for the negligence and apparent malfeasance that led to the deterioration of the McBride and Elmwood housing complexes. City leaders are upset that razing public hous...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits
    Coal (20) , Pensions (70)

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April.

    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in December, but they retreated after winning a four-m...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Community education leaders meet to promote funding reform
    Education Funding (36a) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)

    MARION — Community education leaders on Tuesday held a town hall meeting at Crab Orchard High School to drum up support for a school funding reform campaign called “Fix the Formula.”

    The gathering was part of a statewide series of town halls convened by Advance Illinois, a nonpartisan education policy advocacy organization. Locally, the town ha...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    What to do with a former coal mine? Make it a solar farm
    Coal (20) , Energy, Alternative Energy (93) , Environment (41)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal announced Tuesday by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains.

    The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen said they are looking at two mountaintop ...   read more >

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