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by Adam Doster
2:17pm
Thu Mar 19, 2009

About Those Higher Tax Exemptions ...

At an AFL-CIO press conference in Springfield this morning, AFSCME Council 31 political director John Cameron asked a good question about Gov. Pat Quinn's tax plan: Why are we increasing the personal exemption three-fold for those who make in excess of $100,000 a ...
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by Josh Kalven
1:16pm
Thu Mar 19, 2009

Quinn Isolates Himself

Pat Quinn entered office earlier this year with low name identification and few loyal, political allies in either the General Assembly or among state-level interest groups.  He also faced the unenviable task of addressing an enormous structural deficit exacerbated by a ...
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by Adam Doster
11:00am
Thu Mar 19, 2009

Spilling Ink: Quinn's Budget Proposal

After receiving a warm round of applause before his first budget address yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn told the assembled legislators and media that he hoped they would still be clapping at the end of this speech. After hearing his remarks and scouring his proposal, editorial ...
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by Josh Kalven
12:58pm
Mon Mar 16, 2009

The One To Watch

The conundrum facing Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she considers a primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn next February is this: When people ask her about the motivating force behind her candidacy, what does she say?  What does she choose to criticize in Quinn's ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:15am
Mon Mar 16, 2009

Single Payer Advocates Headed To Springfield

Last October, Dr. Quentin Young and Nicholas Skala penned a Progress Illinois column explaining how proposed legislation to create a single payer health care system in the Prairie State would essentially cover its own costs: Illinoisans already pay enough to cover ...
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by Progress Illinois
10:05am
Mon Mar 16, 2009

Putting A Face On It

Newsweek sits down with Cook Co. Sheriff Tom Dart to learn more about what it's like to evict renters whose landlords have been foreclosed upon and how those experiences led to him to push for more safeguards: DART: I got a bunch of stories. One in particular hit all ...
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by Josh Kalven
12:15pm
Sun Mar 15, 2009

Matt Murphy's "Tough Cuts"

State Sen. Matt Murphy appeared on Fox Chicago Sunday this morning to discuss Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed income tax hike.  Right off the bat, co-host Jack Conaty asked him what alternative proposals he had to balance an estimated $11.5 billion budget deficit.  "If it's ...
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by Adam Doster
10:38am
Fri Mar 13, 2009

The Case Against Cutting Our Way Out Of This Hole

When Illinois Republicans aren’t downplaying the size of the state’s budget deficit, they’re busy rolling out their own proposals on how best to close the gap. Case in point: House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno announced Wednesday ...
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by Progress Illinois
10:57am
Tue Mar 10, 2009

Hamos Revives Bill To Reform Tamms

Last year, State Rep. Julie Hamos introduced legislation to "establish clear criteria for transferring a prisoner to Tamms supermax prison" in downstate Illinois.  Despite some disturbing hearings on the facility and a decent amount of press coverage, the bill ...

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