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by Adam Doster
11:32am
Fri Dec 5, 2008

Hiking The Gas Tax

Municipal leaders and government agencies have long-overdue infrastructure projects ready to go. State legislators just haven’t provided the money. All summer, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and now-retired Senate President Emil Jones clashed over a ...
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by Josh Kalven
1:17pm
Mon Nov 24, 2008

"Clean Coal" Bill Includes A Silver Lining

A three-year round of tug-o-war between Illinois environmentalists and the coal industry ended last week in what appears to be a tie of sorts. On Thursday, the legislature unanimously passed a bill that paves the way for a new “clean coal” power plant in downstate ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:08am
Mon Nov 24, 2008

Meeks Wants To Reverse Sales Tax Skimming Policy

Last week we highlighted a fairly simple policy fix that could generate a significant amount of additional revenue for the Prairie State without raising taxes. If the legislature would just cap the amount retailers receive for simply collecting sales taxes, the state ...
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by Josh Kalven
6:35pm
Thu Nov 20, 2008

Statehouse Round-Up

Today saw no action in Springfield on the governor’s not-so-popular Emergency Budget Act. Two more days remain in the veto session, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Nonetheless, there were a few legislative developments worth noting: Answering ...
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by Adam Doster
1:10pm
Fri Nov 14, 2008

Coal Plants Put On Hold

The coal industry was fired up, so to speak, by Barack Obama's election on November 4. Hailing from a coal-producing state and on record as a supporter of developing "clean coal" technology, insiders think he could revive the industry by pushing for two coal-...

PI Original
by Angela Caputo
6:51pm
Thu Nov 13, 2008

DCFS Workers Try To Beat Back Layoffs

When Fred Pennix (right) was hired 15 years ago as a state child welfare investigator in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood -- arguably one of the nation's most devastated communities -- he thought the job would be tough. Turns out, he was right. Poverty there runs deep ...
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by Angela Caputo
10:48am
Wed Nov 12, 2008

A Growing List Of Reasons For A Progressive Income Tax

Over the course of the year, we've repeatedly pointed out that adopting a progressive income tax structure -- in which high-earners are taxed at a higher rate -- would do wonders to stabilize Illinois' flagging economy.  Here are a few reasons why: schools could be ...
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by Adam Doster
1:36pm
Tue Nov 11, 2008

Revenues Low, Need For Stimulus High

Angela highlighted it in the Early Bird, but it's worth emphasizing how little tax revenue the state is actually collecting. Since July, each of Illinois’ key revenue generators --  the individual income tax, corporate income tax, and sales tax -- have come in far below ...
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by Josh Kalven
1:36pm
Sat Nov 1, 2008

Minutemen's Pulido Cuts Robocall For Forte-Scott

One of the hottest state legislative races this year pits Rep. Paul Froehlich (D-Schaumburg) against Republican challenger Anita Forte-Scott.  As the Pioneer Press reported on Thursday, Froehlich has attracted $450,000 in contributions since July, including a large amount of ...

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