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by Adam Doster
11:42am
Thu Dec 9, 2010

The Problem With State Bankruptcy, Part Two

Earlier this week, we expressed concern that some conservative pundits and policy makers are pushing states facing large budget deficits (both in the short- and long-term) to declare bankruptcy. Reuters' James Pethokoukis provides the latest example about why this approach is problematic.

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by Progress Illinois
10:59am
Wed Dec 8, 2010

Ill. Dems Push Back On Obama's Tax Agreement

With polls showing the American people want the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans to expire, progressives around the country are bemoaning President Obama's "compromise" with congressional Republicans to extend the breaks for the rich for two years.

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by Adam Doster
1:47pm
Mon Dec 6, 2010

Bankruptcy Is Not An Option For Illinois

There's no denying that the state of Illinois is acting like a deadbeat. The General Assembly is still catching up on payments to schools and vendors from last year.

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by Micah Maidenberg
12:23pm
Mon Dec 6, 2010

Temporary Extension Of Bush Tax Cuts For Unemployment Help?

Progress Illinois has been closely tracking the fight to extend unemployment insurance to jobless Illinoisans who are now losing their emergency benefits (check out recent posts here, here,

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by Progress Illinois
4:43pm
Thu Dec 2, 2010

Durbin Still On The Fence About Deficit-Reduction Plan

After blowing a deadline to vote on a final plan by December 1, President Obama's so-called deficit commission plans to weigh in on its controversial proposal tomorrow. In order to send the group's recommendation to the U.S. Senate formally, 14 of the 18 members must sign on.

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by Adam Doster
12:35pm
Mon Nov 29, 2010

Civil Unions Tops Veto Session Agenda

When the General Assembly reconvenes this week to finish up its annual business, there could be action taken on several high-profile bills.

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