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by Ellyn Fortino
6:54pm
Wed Jan 14, 2015

Illinois College Affordability Program At Risk Following Income Tax Rollback, Report Finds

The rollback of the state's temporary income tax hike could mean deep cuts to an Illinois college scholarship program for low-income students, a recent report shows.

Over 45,000 eligible Illinois students could be shut out of the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP) if cuts are made to offset the revenue losses associated with the phaseout of the higher income tax rates that began on January 1, according to the analysis by the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children and Women Employed.

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:58pm
Fri Dec 19, 2014

Federal $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Benefit 25 Million Workers, Study Finds

More than 60 million people in working U.S. households rely on the income of a low-wage worker, 25 million of whom would benefit from a $10.10 an hour federal minimum wage, according to a new study. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the report's findings and who would be impacted by such a wage increase in Illinois.

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:54pm
Thu Dec 4, 2014

Chicago Fast Food Workers Call For $15 During National Day Of Strikes (VIDEO)

About 500 Chicago fast food workers and their supporters hit the city's downtown streets Thursday morning to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage and union recognition during a national day of strikes in 190 U.S. cities. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the Chicago protest.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:34pm
Wed Dec 3, 2014

Report: Illinois State Revenue Drop Could Harm Homeless Prevention Efforts

An expected drop in next year's state revenue could spell trouble for an important Illinois homeless prevention program and other crucial supports if Springfield lawmakers fail to take action, advocates are warning.

The state's 2011 temporary income tax increase is slated to sunset starting in January, resulting in a more than a $2 billion revenue decline in the current fiscal year, according to a new analysis by the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children. In the next fiscal year, state revenue could fall by about $5.4 billion if the tax hike isn't renewed, according to the group.

If the income tax hike expires as planned, legislators might be forced to cut funding for anti-homelessness and other non-mandated programs by an average of 25 percent in order to balance the budget for fiscal year 2016, which begins in July, the center's analysis shows. Average cuts could reach 33 percent if the Illinois Supreme Court strikes down the state's 2013 pension reform overhaul, which is expected to save $1 billion next fiscal year.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:04pm
Tue Nov 18, 2014

Veto Session Preview: Will The Legislature Take Up A Minimum Wage Hike?

Progress Illinois previews what's ahead for lawmakers in the veto session, which starts this week.

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:34pm
Wed Nov 12, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: SRO Ordinance, Treasurer Appointment & Pot-Ticketing Hearings

Progress Illinois details the highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:48pm
Tue Oct 28, 2014

Election Preview: A Look At The 'Toss-Up' 12th Congressional District Race

Progress Illinois profiles the state's 12th congressional district race, which is considered to be a "toss-up."

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:23pm
Fri Oct 24, 2014

First-Time Candidate Seeks GOP Incumbent's Defeat In 20th State House District

Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the race for the 20th district state representative seat, which pits first-time candidate and law student Mo Khan against long-serving GOP incumbent Mike McAuliffe.

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