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by Angela Caputo
5:12pm
Fri Oct 24, 2008

Poll Finds 66% Support Progressive Income Tax In Illinois

While conservatives have attempted to cast the prospect of a progressive income tax as class warfare, a new poll suggests a majority of people in Illinois think it's a pretty sensible idea. The survey (PDF) by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found that 66 percent ...
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by Adam Doster
2:52pm
Mon Oct 20, 2008

Budgetary Corrections

With Illinois' budget stretched and the outlook for the national economy looking bleaker by the day, state leaders are seeking areas where we can cut back.  But despite its size (5.2 percent of general fund expenditures in 2007), Illinois lawmakers and voters often ...
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by Angela Caputo
9:53am
Thu Sep 25, 2008

New Law Protects Illinois Uninsured From Price Gouging

Earlier this week, with little fanfare, Illinois adopted one of the most progressive health care policies in the nation on behalf of the uninsured.  The Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act addresses a little known fact about our medical industry: that those without ...
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by Angela Caputo
5:38pm
Mon Sep 22, 2008

Will Lottery Lease Fall To Credit Crunch?

Under increased pressure to do something about rising unemployment, crumbling roadways, and deteriorating schools, Illinois lawmakers have made it clear that getting a state construction program underway is a top priority this year. With tax increases apparently out of the ...
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by Angela Caputo
11:58am
Sat Sep 20, 2008

CPS' Duncan Renews Call For State Income Tax Hike

As state lawmakers head back to back to Springfield Monday for an overtime session to tackle ethics reform, Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan said they ought to add one more thing their to-do list: Take responsibility for funding public schools. The Chi-Town ...

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by Adam Doster
10:47am
Wed Sep 17, 2008

Senate Delay Puts Drug Treatment Funding In Even Greater Jeopardy

By not calling his chamber back to Springfield until November, retiring Senate president Emil Jones has caught flak over the perception that he is trying to kill the ethics bill. But perhaps more critical, Jones' decision is also delaying a fund sweep that would restore ...
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by Adam Doster
11:19am
Tue Sep 16, 2008

Watchdog: Parole Board Stingy With Elderly Inmates

Elderly prisoners were not excluded from the unjust sentencing laws passed during the 1980s and 1990s. "Get tough" politicians and prison officials made sure that aging inmates served out their terms. In Illinois, many of those sentences covered a range — 25 to ...
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by Adam Doster
12:14pm
Fri Sep 5, 2008

What's Driving Meeks' Protest

In her solid recap of the Chicago schools boycott in the Washington Post , Chicago-based reporter Kari Lydersen makes two key insights into what's driving the push for reform. Here's the first: The nonprofit Education Trust calculates that although the ...
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by Adam Doster
11:56am
Wed Aug 13, 2008

Illinois Achievement Gap Grows As Legislators Bicker

There was both good news and bad news on the education front yesterday. While Illinois students’ scores on ACT college entrance exam inched upward this year -- to the highest level since the state began requiring the test -- the gap between black and white high ...

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