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by Micah Maidenberg
3:14pm
Tue Oct 12, 2010

Fixing Daley's Broken Budget Process (VIDEO)

Tomorrow, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will give the final budget address of his long career, detailing precisely how he proposes closing a gaping $655 million shortfall in the city's main fund. With Daley on the way out, are aldermen ready to contribute more to drafting the city's annual spending plan?

Quick Hit
by Micah Maidenberg
4:01pm
Fri Oct 8, 2010

Does Brady Love Indiana's Tax Rates, Too?

During the first gubernatorial debate, GOP nominee Bill Brady became the latest member of Illinois' Grand Old Party to lay out some fulsome praise for Indiana state government, a trend we've already noted. Here's Brady assuring debate-watchers that if he was elected governor, his administration would "learn" from Indiana:

Quick Hit
by Adam Doster
1:02pm
Fri Oct 8, 2010

What About The Other $500 Million, Mr. Mayor?

That the Daley administration is even considering plugging a portion of Chicago's budget hole using tax increment financing (TIF) money is a watershed moment in city politics.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
2:33pm
Thu Oct 7, 2010

Welcome To Illinois: Home Of The Deadbeats

Given Illinois state government's inability to pay its bills, it's no wonder that voter distrust of state government is on the rise, as a new survey finds. But the survey revealed a few hopeful signs, too.

Quick Hit
by Adam Doster
10:16am
Tue Oct 5, 2010

Number Of The Day: $6.4 Billion

That's how much the state of Illinois owed, as of July 1, in back payments to schools, municipalities, and social service providers.

PI Original
by Micah Maidenberg
1:38pm
Fri Oct 1, 2010

Wait, What Are TIFs Again? (VIDEO)

The City of Chicago tax increment financing (TIF) program may be heading toward some big changes as longtime Mayor Richard Daley leaves office. We review the basics of TIF and its problems.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
12:17pm
Thu Sep 30, 2010

Would Kirk Block Everything In The Lame Duck Session? (VIDEO)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk thinks Senate Democrats are going to "overreach" during their upcoming lame duck session. And he wants to win Illinois' special election to stop them.

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