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by Adam Doster
11:09am
Thu Oct 8, 2009

Quinn Defends Himself Against MAP Funding Criticism

Today, Gov. Pat Quinn continues to barnstorm college campuses across the state as he pushes lawmakers to restore full funding to the Monetary Award Program (MAP). Speaking at a rally on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, the Chicago Democrat called on the General ...
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by Angela Caputo
2:43pm
Mon Oct 5, 2009

Quinn "Optimistic" About Generating New Revenue This Fiscal Year

We've been following the momentum that's building around HB 174, which appears to be the most politically-viable and progressive plan for fixing Illinois flawed tax structure.  As proposed by State Sen. James Meeks in the spring, the plan raises the income tax rate and ...
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by Adam Doster
9:44am
Mon Oct 5, 2009

Is Illinois Stiffing Health Care Providers?

The state's pension debt isn't the only existing outlay driving the state's finances into the ground. Illinois also faces a huge backlog of payments to hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, and physicians that treat patients on public aid. For years, state lawmakers ...
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by Angela Caputo
1:26pm
Fri Oct 2, 2009

The Latest Evidence Of Illinois’ Broken Educational System

Illinois' education system has earned numerous dubious distinctions over the past year. State funding still lags at second to last in the nation. Only one in five high schoolers is college-ready. An even for those on the path to higher ed, the state earned an "F" ...
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by Adam Doster
11:38am
Thu Oct 1, 2009

The Daily Herald's "Special Interests"

Even as it has acknowledged that the state faces monstrous debts, the Daily Herald editorial board has not hidden its skepticism about raising income tax rates in Illinois.  What's frustrating about their editorial yesterday, however, is the way in which they discount the ...
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by Adam Doster
12:55pm
Wed Sep 30, 2009

University Officials Push For MAP Grant Solution

Students aren't the only ones organizing on Illinois college campuses to save their second semester Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants. Administrators are getting in on the action too. When it became clear that the General Assembly would not take steps to generate ...
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by Adam Doster
10:14am
Wed Sep 30, 2009

New Coalition Calls For Moral, Ethical Budget

A newly-formed coalition of community groups, social service providers, unions, and faith-based organizations -- representing millions of Illinois residents -- is urging legislative leaders to support new state revenue.

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by Adam Doster
2:23pm
Tue Sep 29, 2009

AFSCME's Bayer Challenges State Pension Critics

In less than a month, the Illinois Pension Modernization Task Force will present to the General Assembly and Gov. Quinn its recommendations for reforming the state's pension system. The issue has attracted a good deal of attention over the past few weeks, thanks in large ...

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by Angela Caputo
1:41pm
Mon Sep 28, 2009

PJ-Star: Illinois' "Structural Deficit Not Going Away By Itself"

In two weeks the General Assembly will head back to Springfield for the fall veto session. With bills piling up and cuts to popular programs taking their toll, lawmakers accustomed to sidestepping tough votes are facing growing pressure to finally address the cause of the ...

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