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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Oct 17, 2014

Chicago Hosts U.S.-Canada Energy Summit; Cook County Board Opposes Canadian Nuclear Dump

Canada's minister of natural resources is in Chicago this week to talk U.S.-Canada energy policy. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the minister's keynote address and takes a look at a controversial proposal to build a nuclear waste disposal facility in Canada near Lake Huron's shore. The Cook County Board passed a resolution last week against the Canadian nuclear dump.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Apr 24, 2013

Tax Fairness Advocates Call For An End To Corporate Tax Deferral

It's time for the public to "tap into their anger" and rally against tax loopholes that allow big U.S. corporations to dodge their fair share of American taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens, said leaders from Citizens for Tax Justice and Americans for Tax Fairness.

Congress is currently entertaining a number of tax reform proposals that seek to lower corporate taxes and provide incentives for sending jobs and profit centers offshore, putting billions of tax dollars at stake over a 10-year period, Frank Clemente, campaign manager of Americans for Tax Fairness, said on a conference call with reporters.

The current debate on tax reform comes at a time when corporate profits are at a 60-year high, yet "some of these companies are paying less in taxes than you and I as individuals pay," Clemente said.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 24, 2012

Freeport Sensata Layoffs Spark National Debate On Outsourcing

Employees at the Sensata Technologies manufacturing plant in Freeport have failed to prevent the outsourcing of their jobs to China. Bu they have succeeded at helping to spark a national election season conversation about outsourcing, one that has dominated Illinois’ 17th congressional district race and emerged in the presidential campaign.