Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) met today to craft
a tax increase plan that can pass the state House before the new
General Assembly is sworn in next week. The plan could be an increase of
either 1 or 2 percent, and could be temporary or permanent.
Here's some good news out of the Chicago Transit Authority this week. The Tribune's John Hilkevitch reports that the agency is set to receive
another federal grant to plan for rapid transit-style bus service (BRT)
in the Windy City.
The U.S. Senate might very well repeal the reprehensible Don't Ask,
Don't Tell policy and pass the DREAM Act before the lame duck session
officially ends on January 5. But massive spending cuts are likely on
the way early next year, thanks to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and his
colleagues in the Republican caucus.