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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    Be wary of confident promises for painless pension reform
    Pensions (70) Steans, Heather--State Senate, 7

    State Sen. Heather Steans knows how to get things done in Springfield, but her confidence that Illinois’ pension crisis is a “solvable problem” is worrisome given the ideas Democrats have floated.

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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    State income tax in Illinois amounts to 19% of total taxes collected
    Taxes, income (86)
    Illinois finished 35th in a new study by the Tax Foundation that ranks how dependent states are ...   read more >
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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    Will Chicago Be the Largest U.S. City to Declare Bankruptcy?
    Budgets--Local , Chicago Mayor (16) , Chicago (16)
    The city of Chicago is in dire fiscal and financial straits with an almost billion dollar budget deficit, bonds rated at junk status or below, numerous extremely costly legal judgments, a shrinking tax base, and unfunded public pension liabilities to the tune of an astonishing $42 billion.

    Other than that, it's a great place to live.

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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    Lawmaker’s private struggles help guide his work in public office
    Drugs (32) , Mental Health (64) Harris, Gregory--State House, 13

    ‘Alcohol was pretty much my drug of choice, but I certainly did enough other things as they came along, like a lot of other people,’ said state Rep. Greg Harris, now clean and sober for 19 years.

    Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris sat down with me Friday to discuss substance abuse, addiction and mental health treatment — just some of the many social issues the ...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    Judges in North Carolina barred gerrymandering. Why not judges in Illinois?
    Redistricting (78)

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court disappointed Americans who yearn for an end to partisan gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative and congressional district lines to favor the party in power. The court admitted that these maps “are incompatible with democratic principles.” But it said it had no right to interfere.

     

    The decision seemed to close off judic...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    Illinois attorney general rejects reported settlement with OxyContin maker, files suit against 16 other opioid manufacturers
    Attorney General (6) , Prescriptions drugs (81)

    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul this week said he would reject a settlement agreement with opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma under its reported current terms and announced a lawsuit against several other opioid manufacturers.

     

    In April, Raoul’s office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the opioid OxyContin and defendant in thousands of o...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    Pritzker tells agencies to prepare for cuts
    Budget--State (8) , Pritzker, J.B.

    The governor's top budget people sent a memo last week to agency directors giving them a head's up about what will be required in their annual budget request submissions. They are not easy-peasy asks.

     

    This fiscal year's budget was originally supposed to be austere, but then a $1.5 billion flood of unexpected revenue poured in during April and eliminated the need for drast...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    In era of legal pot, can police search cars based on odor?
    Drugs (32) , DUI (80a) , Legal System (27) , Recreational Marijuana
    Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana.
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