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by Angela Caputo
12:16pm
Wed Feb 4, 2009

Constructing A Green Capital Plan: A Q&A With Jack Darin

Pat Quinn has been governor for less than a week, but already he’s laying the groundwork for an ambitious green capital plan that he plans to unveil by mid-March and hopefully adopt by April 3. As far as Illinois Sierra Club director Jack Darin is concerned, this ...
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by Angela Caputo
2:15pm
Tue Feb 3, 2009

School Reform Activists Gain A Springfield Ally

Add state Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago) to the growing list of folks pushing for grassroots reforms in Chicago Public Schools. The Tribune reports today that Soto is calling for a one-year moratorium on school closures and reorganizations, which would buy her some time to ...

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by Angela Caputo
1:39pm
Mon Feb 2, 2009

Meeks Takes Aim At Sales Tax Diversions

Back in November, State Sen. James Meeks (D-Calumet City) was rightly outraged by a report highlighting Illinois’ annual give-away to big corporations for merely collecting sales taxes. Now he’s out to reclaim the money and hopes to use it to prop up the state’s struggling ...

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by Angela Caputo
12:21pm
Wed Jan 28, 2009

Revving Up The Clean Cars Act

Last year, Illinois came within striking distance of raising tailpipe-emission standards, but the debate got mired in regressive Bush-era environmental politics and the Illinois Clean Cars Act never came up for a vote in Springfield. With a new powerful ally in the ...
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by Angela Caputo
10:45am
Fri Jan 23, 2009

The Reimbursement Ripple Effect

The Tribune’s Judith Graham touched off an interesting debate last week when she took note that nearly 300,000 Illinois children continue to fall between the cracks of Illinois’ All Kids health care program. The SouthtownStar delved deeper into the problem yesterday, ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:09am
Mon Jan 19, 2009

Rep. Miller "Determined To Pass A School Reform Bill"

Chicago Public Radio's Natalie Moore ran into State Rep. David Miller (D-Dolton) at a party in D.C. Friday night and reported this tidbit: Even with Blago’s impeachment troubles and the tumult down in Springfield, Miller says he’s determined to pass a school reform ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
1:50pm
Tue Jan 13, 2009

Cigarette Tax Hike On The Table

It’s no secret that Illinois is in a deep financial crisis. While federal assistance is likely on the way, we need long-term, sustainable revenue streams to keep government functioning during this “perfect storm of fiscal problems.” The elephant in the room is the ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:31am
Tue Jan 13, 2009

Breaking The FamilyCare Logjam (UPDATED)

Some tentative good news from Springfield. It looks like the state Senate could break the logjam over the state-backed insurance program FamilyCare as soon as tomorrow. Yesterday evening we spoke with state Sen. Maggie Crotty (D-Oak Forest), a co-sponsor of SB 1415. ...
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by Adam Doster
1:08pm
Mon Dec 15, 2008

Quinn And The Income Tax

Republicans in Illinois have not been shy about their disdain for embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But on one crucial issue -- taxes -- the governor has consistently sided with conservatives, largely honoring his election promise not to raise Illinois' sales or income taxes...

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