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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.

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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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by Angela Caputo
10:26am
Mon Jan 11, 2010

Trotter, Harris Lament The Lack Of Political Will In Springfield

On WTTW's Chicago Tonight last Thursday, a handful of lawmakers convened for yet another roundtable on the state's financial crisis. As the Trib and the Daily Herald both reported today, the fallout from the mounting deficit continues to grow. With each passing day, more ...
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by Adam Doster
1:29pm
Fri Jan 8, 2010

A Small Mental Health Success, But Problems Remain

Good news is hard to come by these days at Chicago's mental health clinics. That's why it was encouraging to see Joanna Broder's piece in the Tribune earlier this week about the Community Mental Health Council Inc. on the city's South Side. After losing about $2.3 million ...

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by Angela Caputo
4:05pm
Thu Jan 7, 2010

Mounting IOUs, Declining Revenues, And The Need For Action

The bad budget news just keeps rolling in. Yesterday, Comptroller Dan Hynes released his latest report (PDF) on the state's finances. As Capitol Fax's Rich Miller put it, the situation has become "pretty much hopeless." Not only has the backlog of unpaid bills now ...
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by Adam Doster
1:31pm
Tue Jan 5, 2010

IL-GOV: New Ads From Hynes And Quinn

The race between Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic challenger Dan Hynes continues to heat up and the early release controversy is serving as the spark. After blasting Quinn in a weeks-worth of interviews and filing a second Freedom of Information Act request to obtain a ...
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by Josh Kalven
9:55am
Mon Dec 28, 2009

Compare And Contrast These Budget Stories

Here is the Tribune's Rick Pearson today on the gubernatorial candidates' proposed budget fixes: Among all the issues facing Illinois' next governor, there is no greater divergence among the Democratic and Republican candidates in the Feb. 2 primary than on ...

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