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by Adam Doster
2:10pm
Wed Jan 20, 2010

Why Cutting Medicaid Is Not A Solution

With the debts mounting and no end to the recession in sight, everyone with a hand in state government is looking for ways to balance Illinois' budget. For some political figures -- including several Republican gubernatorial candidates -- the state's Medicaid program is a ...

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by Josh Kalven
10:02am
Wed Jan 20, 2010

Would Hynes' Plan Really "Get Us Out Of This Mess"?

As Dan Hynes' Democratic gubernatorial campaign has gained traction in the past week, his proposal to institute a progressive income tax system has once again received attention in the media as a potential solution to the ongoing budget crisis.  For instance, a recent ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
12:30pm
Tue Jan 19, 2010

Media Figures Call GOP No-Tax Pledge "Disingenuous"

Over the past year, legislative leaders in Springfield have repeatedly delayed efforts to pass a tax reform plan to fix the state's crippling budget crisis.
PI Original
by Adam Doster
9:42am
Tue Jan 19, 2010

Rescind This Corporate Tax Break, Save $100 Million

With the budget deficit ballooning and politicians from both sides of the aisle talking about the need to eliminate the state's overhanging debts, you might think Illinois officials would jump at the opportunity to close a corporate loophole that could save the state $100 million.
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
12:03pm
Mon Jan 18, 2010

You Can Just Call Us "California East"

While Illinois certainly isn't the only state grappling with a major deficit, the state's budget hole has quickly become one of the nation's largest.
PI Original
by Adam Doster
12:40pm
Thu Jan 14, 2010

Note To Madigan And Cullerton: You Can Do It Yourselves

You wouldn't know it listening to the Democratic leaders in Springfield, but they have more than enough votes to pass an income tax increase all on their own.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
3:05pm
Wed Jan 13, 2010

Quinn Renews Tax Reform Pledge During State Of The State

Early reports predicted Gov. Pat Quinn wouldn't broach the topic of an income tax hike during his second State of the State address this afternoon. Although it took him 45 minutes to do so, the Democrat renewed his push for tax reform, both as a way to fund critical ...

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by Angela Caputo
10:05am
Wed Jan 13, 2010

The GA Races For "Race To The Top" Funding (UPDATED)

Yesterday, the General Assembly returned to Springfield and, as expected, the state's mounting budget crisis was remained on the back-burner thanks to the looming primary election. In lieu of debating ways to fill the deficit, lawmakers focused their efforts on ...

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by Adam Doster
12:11pm
Tue Jan 12, 2010

MAP Grant Ideas Emerge, Larger Funding Issues Persist

During the fall veto session in October, the General Assembly passed a law giving Gov. Pat Quinn authority to restore second-semester funding for the Monetary Awards Program (MAP), an important initiative that provides need-based college scholarships to almost 140,000 ...

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