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  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    State lawmakers approve tax reform sidestep
    Taxes, property (87) Breen, Peter--State House, 48 , Reick, Steven--State House, 63
    Illinois lawmakers want to find a way for state property owners to deduct state and local taxes from their federal taxes.

    When President Donald Trump signed tax reform into law last December, it included a $10,000 cap on how much a taxpayer can write off in the amount that they pay in state and local taxes.

    The move was seen as a Republican jab at high-tax blue states that have sp...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Much too busy in Springfield to bother with passing an Illinois budget
    Budget--State (8) , Legislature (56)
    It is always unsettling to work with a micromanager, someone who sweats every detail and needs to control everything. The problem is that micromanagers usually busy themselves with lots of small stuff so they don't have to deal with the big stuff, such as the future health or survival of the organization.

    So our confidence is not hi...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Illinois plan: Replace armed school officers with therapists
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7
    SPRINGFIELD — Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that's far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

    Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, a Hillside Democrat, said he proposed th...   read more >
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Family of murdered DCFS worker ask for protections for public employees
    Child welfare (30) , DCFS (30) Stewart, Brian--State House, 89
    A plan to add Department of Children and Family Services workers to the list of protected public employees in the state is mired in statehouse politics, according to some lawmakers.

    The family of a murdered DCFS case worker said that doesn't make sense. 

    Pam Knight died in February, months after she was savagely beaten last fall while checking on a child who police believed w...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Illinois voters could soon demand shared superintendents in local schools
    Education Funding (36a) , Education reform (38) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) Biss, Daniel--State Senate, 9 , Rezin, Sue--State Senate 38
    The Illinois Senate is inching closer to allowing schools in the state to share superintendents, but some senators have a problem with the plan because it allows voters to demand consolidation at the top of the school district.

    The idea is simple: Allow neighboring schools to agree to share one superintendent.

    Illinois has more than 850 school districts. Numbers from t...   read more >
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Task force on sexual harassment gets heated as lawmakers grapple with process accuser says is corrupt
    Legislature (56) , Sexual Harassment (96) Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42 , Lang, Lou--State House, 16 , Silverstein, Ira--State Senate, 8
    A shouting match broke out at the statehouse Thursday when a Chicago Democrat told a woman whose harassment complaint against a state Senator last fall was sent to an empty office that the woman didn't do enough to make her voice heard. 

    Denise Rotheimer's public outing of allegations against state Sen. Ira Silverstein revealed the vacancy of the Legislative Inspector Gener...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    McCann's nothing burger could now be appearing Thursday
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Unions, labor (55) McCann, Sam--State Senate, 50
    SPRINGFIELD - The independent-minded State Senator Sam McCann (R-Jacksonville) didn't make an announcement Monday about what he plans to do in November. He didn't make it earlier as others heard he would do.

    Now Springfield insiders are saying his news will be released Thu...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Senators want new tool for lowering property taxes
    Tax caps (87) , Taxes, property (87) Connelly, Michael--State House, 48 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate 26
    Two state senators want to give voters a new tool to reduce property taxes.

    Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, and Sen. Michael Connelly, R-Naperville, said an amendment to Senate Bill 2670 would allow voters in counties that operate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) the ability to go to the ballot box to pass a referendum lowering the property tax levies o...   read more >
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Gauen: A look at the road to a possible split of SIUE and SIUC
    Education--Higher (37)
    Carbondale might not have been a logical place to put a major hub of higher education. But it was what Delyte W. Morris, the energetic visionary who created Southern Illinois University, had available.

    The site, among farms and coal mines three-fourths of the way down from Springfield to Cairo, did make sense for the school’s beginning in 1869 as the second of Illinois’...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Good luck finding neutral jurors for gay judge's sex crime trial
    Discrimination (66) , Homosexuality/Civil Unions/Gay Marriage (96) , Legal System (27) , Minorities (66)
    St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert faces a criminal trial in which old allegations, sex, race, #MeToo and homosexuality will all affect his fate, regardless of whether those factors fully surface or remain submerged.

    Picking a jury will be tough. About every trigger for bias is in...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Two faculty-proposed colleges created as counter-proposals to the chancellor’s reorganization plan
    Education--Higher (37)
    Two college counter-proposals have been created by various departments across campus in response to those outlined in the chancellor’s academic reorganization plan.

    A College of Social Sciences and Humanities and a College of Communication, Design and the Arts were introduced to Chancellor Carlo Montemagno and the Board of Trustees during the public comments section...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    New measure would craft economic development plan for Illinois border towns
    Jesiel, Sheri--State House, 61 , Sims Jr., Elgie--State House, 34
    A state senator whose district borders Indiana wants the state to highlight economic development tools to grow businesses in Illinois, but only for bordering communities.

    State Sen. Elgie Sims’ Senate Bill 3285 would have the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity develop a plan to help municipalities located geographically close to bordering states compete for bus...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Republicans in Illinois Senate oppose progressive income tax
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive , Taxes, income (86) Bush, Melinda--State Senate, 31 , Connelly, Michael--State House, 48 , McConnaughay, Karen--State Senate, 33 , Rose, Chapin--State House, 110
    Republican Senators at the Illinois statehouse want to block any move to change the state’s constitution for a progressive income tax.

    The state constitution requires income to be taxed at a flat rate. Several measures at the statehouse from Democrats would ask voters to change that structure to allow progressive income tax rates.

    Senate Republicans, like Sen. Kare...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    SIUC remains a sacred cow valued as a cash cow. We're unmoo-ved.
    Education--Higher (37)
    It is predictable that the academicians and administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale rallied to protect their money.

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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Election-year resolutions from Illinois’ Democratic majority oppose Trump policies
    Legislature (56) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Evans Jr., Marcus--State House, 33 , McDermed, Margo--State House, 37 , Righter, Dale--State Senate, 55 , Sandoval, Martin--State Senate, 11 , Sosnowski, Joe--State House, 69
    Lawmakers in Springfield are moving resolutions to oppose President Donald Trump’s policies in Washington D.C.

    Critics say the moves are election-year politics rather than sound statehouse policy, especially given that the legislature has yet to adopt a budget for the coming year. 

    Last week, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution opposing the use of National Guar...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Rauner says Illinois revenue estimate is a starting point
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Revenue Wheeler, Keith--State House, 50
    With state legislative leaders signaling they’ll come up with an official estimate of how much tax revenue they expect to bring in for the coming fiscal year, there’s a question of how reliable that figure has been in the past.

    The state constitution says expenditures should not exceed expected revenues for the year. State statute requires a revenue estimate resolution to be p...   read more >

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  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Petition Submitted asking DOJ to sue Illinois over sanctuary state status
    Governor (44) , Immigration (99a)
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  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Is a divorce looming for SIU? Bill would separate Carbondale, Edwardsville campuses
    Education--Higher (37) Bryant, Terri--State House, 115 , Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113 , Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58
    (Same article appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

    CARBONDALE • Shortly after the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees voted down a proposal to shift $5.1 million in state appropriation funding from Carbondale to Edwardsville on Thursday, SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook sent out a message to his campus community.

    “We recognize that SIU...   read more >

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  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Bill to give complainants rights in inspector general process dies in committee
    Legislature (56) , Sexual Harassment (96) Currie, Barbara Flynn--State House, 25 , Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42
    A state representative says people complaining to inspectors general for Illinois state offices don’t have rights and that’s why her bill is so important, but the measure died in committee Friday.

    If someone feels wronged by a lawmaker, or by a state agency, or if an employee of a state operation feels they were harassed or discriminated against by a supervisor or fello...   read more >
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  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    Gas tax hike to 85 cents not only way to fix Illinois' bumpy roads
    Road construction, Construction (91a) , Taxes, gasoline (88) , Transportation (91)
    The folks who would renovate Illinois' highways are pushing for more money to bust through the backlog of road repairs, but they want to use gasoline taxes that would make Illinois gas rise from the current $2.70 a gallon to $3.21.

    The Illinois Economic Policy Institute —...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    SIU won’t shift $5M from Carbondale to Edwardsville. Here’s what happens next.
    Education--Higher (37) Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58
    For now, the Southern Illinois University system isn’t moving forward with a proposal to shift state money from its Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus because of enrollment changes.

    The SIU Board of Trustees voted 4-3 Thursday against a proposal to send $5...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    SIU Board votes down Carbondale-to-Edwardsville funding shift
    Education--Higher (37)
    CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Carbondale constituents erupted in applause Thursday as the SIU Board of Trustees voted down a proposal to shift $5.1 million in state appropriation funding to SIU Edwardsville.

    SIU System President Randy Dunn said that he will continue to search for an external consultant to review the system’s funding formula based on changes ...   read more >
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  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    Taxpayer Costs Soared as Illinois Public College & University Enrollment Dropped
    Education reform (38) , Education--Higher (37)
    A woman walks on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill. (AP Photo/David Mercer, File)

    There’s no question – there’s something wrong with Illinois higher education. While enrollments trend...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    Foreclosure rates in four Illinois metros among worst in nation
    Housing (51) , Mortgages , Taxes, property (87)
    More than a decade after the national housing crisis, four Illinois communities still have some of the worst foreclosure rates in the nation.

    Attom Data Solutions’ quarterly foreclosure report shows that Rockford, Peoria, Cook County and the Quad Cities are all in the top 20 metropolitan areas in terms of foreclosures per total homes in the first quarter of 2018.

    Vice Presid...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    Illinois lawmakers move on effort to expand voting from jail
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) Stratton, Juliana--State House, 5
    Illinois lawmakers are working to give people behind bars while awaiting trial a better opportunity to vote.

    The bill would require election officials to collaborate with county jails to provide voter registration forms to eligible voters who are in jail while awaiting trial. Those serving time after being convicted are not able to vote while in custody.

    State Rep. Juliana Stratto...   read more >

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