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by Mose Buchele
11:14am
Thu May 29, 2008

Payday Loan Reforms Shelved For Now

Last weekend, the Tribune reported on how the payday loan industry has been pumping campaign contributions into Springfield in advance of legislative efforts to curb predatory lending practices in Illinois. One observer noted that the industry will continue to rake in ...

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by Mose Buchele
11:36am
Wed May 28, 2008

Sun-Times Points To Potential Economic Benefit Of New G.I. Bill

Today the Sun-Times' editorial board came out in support of Sen. Jim Webb's (D-VA) legislation to modernize the G.I. Bill. The proposal (which passed the Senate last week) would offer increased benefits to U.S. soldiers returning from today's battlefields. Specifically, It ...

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by Mose Buchele
10:27am
Tue May 27, 2008

Payday Loan Industry Pumping Money Into Springfield

The Tribune reported Saturday that the payday loan industry is flooding Springfield with campaign contributions:

Contributions to state politicians nationwide have mushroomed from just over $1 million in 2000 to $4.1 million in 2006, and Illinois has led all states...

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by Mose Buchele
8:53am
Tue May 27, 2008

Foster Proposes National Military Family Relief Fund

Rep. Bill Foster has sponsored new legislation to save the families of active military personnel from added financial hardship. The project is based on the "Illinois Military Family Relief Fund," a successful aid program started in the Prairie State that ...

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by Mose Buchele
6:19pm
Sun May 25, 2008

An Interview With Scott Harper

When I recently visited Democrat Scott Harper’s Naperville campaign headquarters the place was full of activity. Volunteers lined a table in the middle of the office stuffing envelopes. Staffers typed intently or made calls from their desks. It was a Thursday morning, ...

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by Mose Buchele
11:02am
Fri May 23, 2008

Ozinga Consultant Tied To Abramoff

Central to Republican Marty Ozinga's bid for the open 11th Congressional District seat is his claim to be a Washington outsider. His campaign's slogan -- "I am not a politician" -- says it all. But if this is the image Ozinga wants to project, he probably should ...

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by Mose Buchele
10:34am
Fri May 23, 2008

Senate Unanimously Passes Ethics Bill

The Senate unanimously passed ethics reform legislation this morning. The bill prohibits individuals and companies with a state contract exceeding $50,000 from contributing to the campaigns of the lawmakers responsible for the award. The measure was recently amended by a ...

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by Mose Buchele
4:14pm
Thu May 22, 2008

Veterans Take Center Stage In 13th District

As the Senate passed the new G.I. Bill today by a veto-proof majority, 13th District congressional candidate Scott Harper held a press conference calling attention to the voting record of his opponent, Republican Rep. Judy Biggert, who opposed the bill in the House.

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by Mose Buchele
12:15pm
Thu May 22, 2008

Ohio Cracks Down On Payday Loans; Will Illinois Be Next?

In a blow to predatory lending practices, Ohio lawmakers have passed new measures to curb payday lending in the Buckeye State. The law caps the APR on loans at 28 percent. It also "limits consumer borrowing at $500 or 25 percent of base monthly pay per loan, restricts ...

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by Mose Buchele
10:38am
Thu May 22, 2008

Congress Takes Stock Of Great Lakes Cleanup Effort

This week, the U.S. House is considering the reauthorization of the Great Lakes Legacy Act, a federal program that targets 31 pollution sites on the Great Lakes for cleanup. The project has already had an impact, having removed about 800,000 cubic yards of contaminated ...

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