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by Josh Kalven
1:42pm
Wed Apr 16, 2008

More Movement On The Graduated Income Tax

We've covered the recent developments surrounding two efforts to replace Illinois' flat income tax rate with a more progressive system: SB 2288, sponsored by Sens. James Meeks (D-Calument City) and John Cullerton (D-Chicago), and HJCRA 42, sponsored by Rep. Mike Smith (D-...
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by Adam Doster
12:56pm
Wed Apr 16, 2008

Madigan Jumps On The Single-Payer Bandwagon?

What's going on in Springfield? JohnR at Wonkish alerts us to some strange business involving Speaker Madigan signing on as a chief co-sponsor of Has he gone Mad? Has the “revolution begun”, as some single-payer fanatics are saying? No. It seems to be ...
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by Mose Buchele
4:31pm
Tue Apr 15, 2008

ICIRR Brings Over 100 New Citizens To Springfield

Over 100 new citizens joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in Springfield today to lobby for immigrants rights. The group spent much of the day meeting with lawmakers and pushing for increased funding for both English language programs and ...

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by Mose Buchele
5:10pm
Mon Apr 14, 2008

As Illinois Looks To Expand Gambling, Other States Step Back

While the Illinois Gaming Board considers allowing riverboats to stay open 24 hours and Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) hints at more casino licenses on the horizon, many states are taking a step back from expanding legalized gambling. In an article in the New York Times Magazine, ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:40am
Mon Apr 14, 2008

Rep. Smith's Graduated Tax Plan May Resurface

As we noted last Thursday, the House defeated Rep. Mike Smith's (D-Canton) constitutional amendment to double the state income tax on those making over $250,000 annually. However, that doesn't mean the measure is dead and gone. Over at Illinois Issues, Bethany Jaeger reports ...
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by Mose Buchele
2:34pm
Fri Apr 11, 2008

Dems Hold Off On SB 2288 Until The Fall

A Senate bill that would increase income tax rates throughout Illinois will not be voted on until the fall, says one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago). Senate Bill 2288 would address the state's debt and provide much-needed revenue for schools and ...
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by Mose Buchele
1:14pm
Fri Apr 11, 2008

"Strezo Bill" Aims To Expedite Critical Patients' Insurance Appeals

The Southtown Star reports that the Illinois House unanimously passed the so-called "Strezo Bill" yesterday. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago), the law is meant to expedite the appeals process for critically ill patients whose insurers have refused to cover ...
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by Josh Kalven
6:29pm
Thu Apr 10, 2008

House Votes Down HJRCA 42

Not altogether surprising news, but disappointing nonetheless. Today, the House voted down Rep. Mike Smith's (D-Canton) constitutional amendment to double the Illinois income tax on those making over $250,000 annually. According to the Tribune, the amendment received 52 of ...
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by Adam Doster
10:36am
Thu Apr 10, 2008

Onward HJRCA 42!

Good news on HJRCA 42, the constitutional amendment proposed by Rep. Mike Smith (D-Canton) to replace Illinois' flat income tax rate with a graduated system. In the first step of what may be a long journey, the House State Government Administration Committee narrowly passed ...

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