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by Mose Buchele
12:25pm
Thu Apr 17, 2008

Great Lakes Cleanup Could Pump Billions Into Chicago Economy

In a study (PDF) released last September, the Brookings Institution found that a comprehensive cleanup of the Great Lakes could infuse the regional economy with as much as $50 billion. Increases in tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and property values -- not to ...
PI Original
by Mose Buchele
5:02pm
Wed Apr 16, 2008

Study Shows Spread Of Poverty In Illinois

A human rights organization released a report today which found that "poverty increased in 74 of Illinois' 102 counties" between 2000 and 2006 and now "afflicts more than 1.5 million Illinoisans," a 19 percent increase during this period. The news is ...
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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-...
PI Original
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 ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
10:41am
Wed Apr 16, 2008

Illinoisans Fight For Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Environmental advocates were rightfully outraged last December when the Bush administration denied California's effort to set stricter vehicle emissions standards than federal law required as part of the state's efforts to fight climate change. A spokesmen for the ...
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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 ...

PI Original
by Adam Doster
1:01pm
Tue Apr 15, 2008

Inequality In Illinois

In honor of Tax Day, PBS' Now is examining regressive state tax policies -- which place a larger burden on low-income households than wealthier ones -- and how they affect income inequality According to data (pdf) they cite from the Center for Budget and Policy ...
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by Adam Doster
11:30am
Tue Apr 15, 2008

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Happy tax day, fellow Illinoisans! Curious where your federal tax dollars go? A couple of think tanks have you covered. First is the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, which provides succinct data and nice graphs. Defense spending tops the list at 22 percent, ...
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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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