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by Angela Caputo
4:39pm
Thu Jul 30, 2009

"The Money Is There": Aldermen Seek Greater Investment In Affordable Housing

You don't have to dig too deep into our past coverage of Chicago's tax increment financing (TIF) system to see how the system has been gamed by influential businessmen, deep-pocketed campaign contributors, and the politically connected.  A report (PDF) released today by the ...
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by Angela Caputo
4:56pm
Fri Jul 17, 2009

Wind On The Prairie

Yesterday, we highlighted a rare bit of good news for Illinois schools: Revenue from large-scale wind projects are providing relief to some downstate school districts who've been struggling to cope with unreliable state funding. For instance, by next year, the ...
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by Josh Kalven
12:17pm
Wed Apr 22, 2009

Sen. Sandoval Endorses An Alternative Capital Plan

Last Friday, State Sen. Martin Sandoval and State Rep. Julie Hamos -- chairs of the House and Senate transportation committees -- took a group of lawmakers, transit officials, and reporters for a tour of the Chicagoland region's mass transit system. From a Metra station in ...

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by Angela Caputo
10:52am
Tue Feb 10, 2009

The Fight For School Construction Funds

If there’s one stimulus provision cut by Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) that could stage a national comeback, the proposed $20 billion investment in school construction may just be it. Aside from quickly putting people to work in decent-paying jobs, ...

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by Progress Illinois
11:45am
Fri Jan 30, 2009

Quinn: The People Want A Government That Is "Aggressive And Progressive"

At a press conference this morning, Gov. Pat Quinn said "we have to understand that the people of Illinois want us to be aggressive and progressive."  Watch it: Elsewhere in the press conference, Quinn announced that he had signed an ...
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by Progress Illinois
2:43pm
Thu Jan 22, 2009

House Stimulus Includes $1.8 Billion For IL Infrastructure

According to a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee report released today, the current version of their stimulus plan includes $1.8 billion for infrastructure investment in Illinois.  Here's the breakdown: Highways and Bridges: $1,001,675,645 Transit ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:44am
Tue Jan 13, 2009

Could Mass Transit Become Private Transit?

Our friend Chris Hayes at The Nation recently asked a contact at the Chicago Transit Authority whether public transit improvements are likely to be among the "shovel ready" infrastructure projects to receive federal stimulus funds.  The answer is fascinating, ...

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by Josh Kalven
12:48pm
Fri Dec 19, 2008

Spending The Stimulus

It’s no secret that Illinois government is a bit unstable these days. Not only is the General Assembly holding impeachment hearings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich but the state has run up a huge budget deficit and both parties elected new Senate leaders last month. By ...
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by Adam Doster
11:32am
Fri Dec 5, 2008

Hiking The Gas Tax

Municipal leaders and government agencies have long-overdue infrastructure projects ready to go. State legislators just haven’t provided the money. All summer, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and now-retired Senate President Emil Jones clashed over a ...

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