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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 ...
PI Original
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
1:45pm
Thu Apr 10, 2008

Lawmaker Of The Day: Rep. Phil Hare

We at Progress Illinois wanted to send some love to 17th District Congressman Phil Hare, who has consistently and vocally been on the right side of the current debate over the proposed Colombia trade pact, a controversial free trade deal that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ...

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by Mose Buchele
12:57pm
Thu Apr 10, 2008

Wisconsin Dives Into Great Lakes Compact

As the legislative session drew to an end in Wisconsin last month it looked like hopes that the statehouse would pass the Great Lakes Compact were going to die with it. The environmental agreement between the Great Lakes states had broad popular support and was passed by a ...
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by Adam Doster
11:54am
Thu Apr 10, 2008

Feeling The Middle Class Squeeze

A new report by the Pew Research Center corroborates what many folks in the U.S. have been feeling for years: the middle class is getting squeezed. Here are a few key insights: - Americans feel stuck in their tracks. A majority of survey respondents say that in the ...
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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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by Mose Buchele
3:10pm
Wed Apr 9, 2008

Wind Farm Planned For Central Illinois

While farmers in Illinois grow corn and soybeans for biodiesel, the Prairie State may soon be producing a different kind of alternative energy. Dominion Resources, a Virginia based energy company, has announced plans to buy 25,000 acres in central Illinois to build the ...

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