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by Will Burns
2:56pm
Wed Aug 6, 2008

Towards An Equitable School Funding System

A guest column on Illinois' inequitable school funding system from State Rep. Will Burns (D-Chicago).

PI Original
by Adam Doster
11:38am
Thu Jul 17, 2008

Clean Coal Making An Illinois Comeback?

After killing a clean coal bill in June, electric utility Commonwealth Edison lifted its opposition to a similar measure yesterday, leading the Illinois House to easily pass (86-5) a measure that could lead to construction of a new generation of clean-coal power ...
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by Josh Kalven
5:39pm
Sat Jun 21, 2008

Chasing Losses: Gambling Proceeds Continue To Fall In Illinois

Back in April, Mose noted the contrast between Illinois -- where lawmakers continue efforts to expand gambling -- and numerous other states across the country that have retreated from gaming as a cure-all for their budget woes. Today, the Tribune reports on a new study ...
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by Mose Buchele
1:38pm
Fri May 30, 2008

General Assembly May Vote On “Clean Coal” Bill

One of the last-minute bills the General Assembly will consider in the next 48 hours is a measure mandating that "25 percent of power sold in Illinois come from clean-coal plants by 2025." The legislation would also allow for the construction of a $2.5 billion coal...
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by Adam Doster
5:17pm
Tue May 27, 2008

Poll: 89 Percent Support Illinois Clean Car Act

Prairie State Blue highlights an encouraging poll (pdf) commissioned last week by a coalition of environmental groups known as the Illinois Climate Action Network.  According to the survey, 89 percent of Illinois residents support the Clean Car Act even if it results in more ...
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by Mose Buchele
12:58pm
Wed May 14, 2008

House Passes Access To Religious Ministry Act

Today the Illinois House unanimously approved HB 2747, a bill that ensures that prisoners detained for immigration violations can be visited by religious officials. According to a press release from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the bill ...

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by Mose Buchele
4:46pm
Wed Apr 30, 2008

Busy Day in Springfield: Recall, Ethics, And Student Loans

The state legislature is under the gun to vote on a constitutional amendment allowing voters to recall public officials. The Senate needs to pass the bill by tomorrow -- then the House must do so by May 4 -- if Illinois voters are to decide on it in November. In light of ...
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by Josh Kalven
4:47pm
Tue Apr 29, 2008

Senate Rejects Graduated Income Tax Bill

The Senate voted down SJRCA 92 this afternoon.  The chamber split 19-35 on the constitutional amendment.  More details from the Tribune: The Senate defeated a bid to give Illinois the chance to have an income tax rate with a sliding scale Tuesday afternoon. ...
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by Josh Kalven
9:03am
Tue Apr 29, 2008

Senate To Vote On SJRCA 92 Today

Bethany Jaeger is reporting that SJRCA 92 is scheduled to receive a vote in the State Senate today: The Illinois Senate is expected Tuesday to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution so that the state could have a graduated income tax rate rather than the ...

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