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by Adam Doster
2:00pm
Tue Oct 20, 2009

IL-GOV: New Report Details Major Flaw In Hynes Tax Plan

Though you wouldn't know it from their recent back-and-forth on the airwaves, when it comes to the need for fundamental tax reform in Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic gubernatorial challenger Dan Hynes actually agree more than they disagree. Both understand that ...
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by Adam Doster
11:00am
Mon Oct 19, 2009

MAP Grant Solution Reached, Larger Questions Remain

Half of the 2009 fall veto session is now on the books and one legislative priority lawmakers identified before they trekked down to Springfield -- funding for the Monetary Awards Program (MAP) -- has been partially resolved. Yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law that ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:01am
Fri Oct 16, 2009

Progress Illinois On WTTW

As we noted in our daily email digest yesterday afternoon (which you can subscribe to here), I appeared on WTTW last night where I discussed the state budget with the Illinois Policy Institute's John Tillman and Sheila Weinberg of the Institute for Truth in Accounting. As you'...

PI Original
by Angela Caputo
1:59pm
Thu Oct 15, 2009

More Evidence Of Illinois' Revenue Crisis

Illinois' budget news just keeps getting worse. After briefing legislative leaders on the state's finances, budget director David Vaugh told the AP yesterday that an $850 million drop in income tax revenues, coupled with a $50 million hit to gaming revenues, means the ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:37am
Thu Oct 15, 2009

IL-GOV: What The Tax Debate Is Really About

With gubernatorial challenger Dan Hynes releasing his second negative ad against Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday, the contours of the looming debate between these two candidates is becoming clear.  Watch his latest spot: As he has done in both his ads...
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by Adam Doster
11:01am
Wed Oct 14, 2009

Illinois Tax Receipts By The Numbers

If you need to renew your driver's license, it just got a little bit more expensive. This week, Illinois tripled the license renewal fee from $10 to $30, the first increase since 1983. By January, the cost of acquiring an annual registration sticker and correcting car ...
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by Adam Doster
12:55pm
Tue Oct 13, 2009

Randle's Early Release Program Gets Some Support

New Illinois Department of Corrections Director Michael Randle has had a busy first few months on the job. In September, he issued a set of 10 proposals to reform the Tamms Correctional Center, a flawed yet important plan that finally acknowledges the human rights abuses ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:27am
Tue Oct 13, 2009

IL-GOV: Quinn On "Parameters" And The Progressive Income Tax

On Sunday, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Dan Hynes released the following web ad that hits Gov. Pat Quinn for "refus[ing] to propose a real progressive income tax in Illinois."  The spot is meant to highlight Hynes' alternative plan, which seeks to amend the state ...
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by Josh Kalven
2:01pm
Mon Oct 12, 2009

IL-GOV: The Ad War Begins

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Dan Hynes launched his first TV ad, a spot that contrasted his tax plan with that put forth earlier this year by Gov. Pat Quinn.  As we noted, Hynes' piece included the false claim that Quinn supported a "50 percent tax ...

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