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by Angela Caputo
12:33pm
Tue Sep 22, 2009

Meeks Tax Plan To Reemerge In January

For two decades, lawmakers have acknowledged that Illinois' education funding system is broken. Unfortunately, few have been willing to get behind proposals to simultaneously reform our regressive tax system and adequately fund schools.  Early next year, a plan to do just ...
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by Adam Doster
11:20am
Tue Sep 22, 2009

Illinois' Law-And-Order Politics

Just days after disclosing his review of the Tamms supermax prison, Illinois Department of Corrections director Michael Randle told reporters yesterday that, within the month, the state will begin to release 1,000 current inmates as part of its budget reduction ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:26am
Tue Sep 8, 2009

Our Flawed Tax Structure

In a lengthy editorial published on Saturday, the Sun-Times reiterated its support for reforming Illinois' regressive tax structure.  Particularly helpful were the following grafs (emphasis added): At first glance, a flat tax might seem fair enough -- the rich will ...
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by Adam Doster
1:38pm
Thu Sep 3, 2009

A Shallow Pool

Over the weekend, Illinois Review posted a series of short interviews with five prospective GOP gubernatorial candidates asking how each would solve Illinois' budget crisis. As you might expect from Republicans fighting it out in a primary, all five advocated in favor of ...
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by Adam Doster
2:35pm
Mon Aug 24, 2009

Quinn's Prisons Dilemma

When the General Assembly passed its budget back in July, it partially addressed the state's $11.6 billion deficit by granting Gov. Pat Quinn the authority to cut several billion dollars in government spending.  In line with that responsibility, Quinn is now turning his ...
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by Angela Caputo
2:04pm
Mon Aug 17, 2009

Illinois' Good News, Bad News Stimulus Take

Even during the most contentious moments of the stalemate over the state budget this spring, one point that many lawmakers agreed on was that the federal stimulus package had provided state government with a lifeline. Without the $6.5 billion cash infusion, school budgets...

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by Josh Kalven
1:28pm
Mon Aug 10, 2009

At Town Hall, Currie And Raoul Tiptoe Around Democratic Dysfunction

"Was it a good budget?" asked State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie.  "Not very."  So began a Chicago town hall meeting hosted by Currie and State Sen. Kwame Raoul at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club last Thursday. About 50 constituents from the ...
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by Adam Doster
11:48am
Fri Jul 31, 2009

Rockford Register-Star Latest To Violate "Civic Fed" Rule

The Rockford Register-Star editorial board knows the value of the state's safety net. Just last month, they wrote in an editorial "that in almost every case, money spent on the services people need saves the state in the long run." So why do they want state ...

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by Adam Doster
10:19am
Fri Jul 31, 2009

Chapman Misdiagnoses His "Problem Child"

Study after study these past few months have demonstrated the global economic crisis' devastating impact on state budgets. It's no secret why. Just as demand for government-backed safety-net services is growing, tax revenues are plummeting across the board. And Illinois is ...

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