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by Angela Caputo
5:16pm
Mon Mar 9, 2009

Housing Activists Ready To "Get Tough On The Banks"

The scene on the 3400 block of West Albany on Chicago’s Northwest Side speaks for itself. Four large apartment buildings that recently fell into foreclosure sit vacant and boarded up. Community activist Diane Limas is asking the pertinent question: “What good does this do ...
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by Progress Illinois
10:20am
Sun Mar 8, 2009

Rounding Out The Week

Over the past few days, the ball has moved down the field on a number of stories we've been following.  Here's the latest: - We've watched as congressional legislation allowing bankruptcy judges to modify mortgages has been put on the back-burner again and again over the ...
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by Angela Caputo
12:00pm
Sat Mar 7, 2009

The Anti-Immigrant Agenda In Springfield

Earlier this week, the State-Journal Register took note that Illinois’ lawmakers are full of legislative ideas year, having already introduced some 6,700 bills just a month into the current session. Unfortunately, buried within this mountain of legislation are a series of ...
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by Adam Doster
9:57am
Wed Mar 4, 2009

Budgetary Corrections: Part Deux

Back in October, we advocated that the General Assembly seriously consider cutting back Illinois’ bloated prison system as a way to ease the state’s budget deficit. Since then, the fiscal figures have only gotten worse. And new research from the Pew Center on the States ...
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by Angela Caputo
5:10pm
Mon Mar 2, 2009

Scrounging For School Dollars

For more than two decades, state officials have been playing a shell game with lottery revenues originally intended to provide Illinois schools with millions in additional resources, as The Chicago Reporter explained in a 2003 article: “The lottery does not ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:19am
Fri Feb 27, 2009

Some Medicaid Movement

In the past couple weeks we've been drawing attention to how the extra Medicaid funding slated for Illinois as part of the stimulus package could be in jeopardy if the state doesn't deal with its backlog of provider reimbursements.  One possible solution is State Sen. Jeff ...
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by Adam Doster
1:25pm
Fri Feb 20, 2009

Gas Tax Proposals Pick Up Steam

How on earth will the state fill its massive mass transit budget shortfall? If the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) gets its way, motorists will help foot the bill. According to the Chi-Town Daily News, RTA officials are lobbying lawmakers to increase the state’s fuel ...
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by Angela Caputo
2:51pm
Mon Feb 9, 2009

Radogno's Budget Blunder

Amid the bipartisan debate among state officials regarding how to stem Illinois’ $9 billion budget crisis, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno offered up an untenable solution to the Daily Journal today: cutting increasingly scarce services for the sick and poor...
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by Angela Caputo
2:52pm
Fri Feb 6, 2009

The Argument Strengthens For School Funding Reform

The Prairie State earned yet another dubious distinction this week: Illinois has the highest disparity in the Midwest in school spending between poor and wealthy districts. According to Voices for Illinois Children, which released its annual Kids Count report on the ...

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