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by Josh Kalven
11:06am
Mon Apr 7, 2008

Give Rep. Smith's Graduated Tax Plan A Push

Prairie State Blue has put out the call for readers to contact their representatives in Springfield and urge them to support HJRCA 42. And it's one we second. This is the constitutional amendment proposed by Rep. Mike Smith (D-Canton) to replace Illinois' flat income ...
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by Mose Buchele
1:21pm
Fri Apr 4, 2008

Unconscionable Acts: The Payday Loan Industry In Illinois

In 2005, Chicago resident Kimberly took out a payday loan to cover some bills. She says the process was easy, after signing a few forms she walked away with the cash. The lenders would simply withdraw her loan payments from her checking account. Little did she know she was ...
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by Adam Doster
12:22pm
Fri Apr 4, 2008

Dem State Rep. Challenging Illinois' Regressive Flat Income Tax

State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, called it "class warfare." Others have named it "the Robin Hood referendum." But Rep. Mike Smith (D-Canton) has offered a simple solution to the state's revenue problem: double the 3 percent state income ...

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