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by Adam Doster
2:50pm
Thu May 1, 2008

Number Of Illinois Uninsured Continues To Climb

On the heels off our recent health care coverage comes a new report, courtesy of the Gilead Outreach and Referral Center, with more bad news: the number of uninsured in Illinois has grown for the third straight year. Up 2.1 percent from 2005, 1.75 million Illinoisans went ...
PI Original
by Debra Shore
9:32am
Thu May 1, 2008

DEBRA SHORE: Drugs Down the Drain

A number of recent newspaper articles have reported on the presence of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in our water supply, both here in Illinois and nationally. Hormones from birth control pills and Viagra. Chemicals such as DEET from insect ...
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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 Adam Doster
2:00pm
Tue Apr 29, 2008

May Day Marches To Rally Around Immigration Reform

Two years ago this week, spurred by Wisconsin Representative Jim Sensenbrenner's punitive immigration bill H.R. 4437, immigrants and their allies flooded America's streets in the largest immigration marches in recent U.S. history. In Chicago alone, 300,000 demonstrators ...
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by Mose Buchele
12:32pm
Tue Apr 29, 2008

Numbers That Spell Crisis

Every year, fewer people have health insurance, and those that do are paying more and more to hold on to it. That's as true in Illinois as it is in the rest of the country according to a report (PDF) out today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Foundation ...
PI Original
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 ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
12:52pm
Mon Apr 28, 2008

When To Start Early Education?

If you're in the mood for some substantive campaign coverage, give Jeremy Manier's piece on early education in yesterday's Chicago Tribune a read. He lays out the latest research in the field, the debate it has spurred, and how the nominees' proposals reflect that divide. (...
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by Mose Buchele
2:26pm
Fri Apr 25, 2008

New Report Details Fiscal Crunch In Illinois

Even if the nation is not yet officially in "recession," many states -- Illinois among them -- might as well be. Today the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) released a survey of legislative fiscal directors indicating that numerous state economies are ...

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