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Despite Budget Bill, Illinois Universities Still Have Funding Issues

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 7/19/2017 at 6:00pm
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People rejoiced when the Illinois legislature passed a budget bill mainly aimed at education. I blogged about eduction funding for grades K-12 earlier this month. Public universities have their own problems.

Yes, the state has its first budget in two years, but its the first budget in two years:

“You don’t get one...

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Illinois Gov. Rauner, Democrats Prep for Next Battle: Education Funding

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 4:30pm 7/13/2017 at 4:30pm
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Last week, the left in Illinois celebrated when the Senate and House overturned Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the massive income tax hike and budget bill that concentrated on education. This is the first time in three years the cash-strapped state has a budget.

Now Rauner and the Democrats will head...

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Cook County Threatens 1,100 Layoffs After Soda Tax Delayed

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:30am 7/12/2017 at 11:30am
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Officials in Cook County, the home of Chicago, have threatened to pass out 1,100 layoff notices since a judge delayed implementation of a soda tax.

Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak placed a temporary hold on the tax until at least July 21. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said this move has forced...

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Illinois House Overrides Gov. Rauner’s Veto on Tax Hike, Budget Bill

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 7:00pm 7/6/2017 at 7:00pm
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The Illinois House voted to override Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike and budget bill. This is the first budget Illinois has passed in two years.

The House voted 71-42, which is the bare minimum House Speaker Mike Madigan needed, after a security incident delayed the vote for...

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UPDATE: Illinois Senate Overrides Gov. Rauner Veto of 32% Income Tax Hike

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 2:00pm 7/4/2017 at 2:00pm
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The Illinois Senate has just approved the massive income tax hike, two days after the House approved it. This bill will permanently raise the income tax 32% from 3.75% to a little under 5%. It also raises the corporate tax rate from 5% to 7%.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill...

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Illinois House Passes 32% Income Tax Hike

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 3, 2017 at 10:00am 7/3/2017 at 10:00am
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Just days after a judge demanded Illinois pay $293 million toward Medicaid bills, the state’s House decided to permanently hike the income tax rate by 32%.

15 Republicans voted for the bill, which Illinois Policy documented on Facebook. But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner announced that he will veto the bill if it...

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Illinois Will Collapse in 3…2….1…..

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 5:00pm 7/2/2017 at 5:00pm
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I’ve been blogging about the mess that is my home state of Illinois and just as I thought…it managed to find a way to make things worse.

Illinois legislators cannot agree on a budget. It closed the “fiscal year $6 billion in the red.” The state also has “unpaid bills to state...

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Illinois Lottery May Not Survive if State Cannot Pass a Budget

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:30am 6/21/2017 at 11:30am
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The Illinois lottery may become a victim of the bankrupt state if lawmakers cannot agree and pass a budget. In a last ditch effort, the lawmakers have started a special session on Wednesday that can last for 10 days. From Fox News:

The state lotto requires a payment from the legislature each...

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Cook County Exempts Food Stamps From Soda Tax

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:21am 6/12/2017 at 10:21am
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Cook County in Illinois, home to Chicago, has decided that its soda tax will not apply to food stamps.

Purchases made with food stamps cannot have state and local taxes tacked onto them, according to federal law. Cook county tried to bypass that law, but none of the options officials used took...

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Illinois Fails to Pass a Budget for the Third Year in a Row

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:00pm 6/1/2017 at 7:00pm
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What a shock. The Illinois legislature has once again missed its spring deadline to pass a budget even though the state owes $14 billion to unpaid bills. From ABC 7:

Knowing the Governor Rauner would veto a budget that included tax increases, House Democrats left town without voting on a Senate-passed budget....

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Illinois House Passes Automatic Voter Registration

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:00am 5/30/2017 at 10:00am
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Last year, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner (R) vetoed a version of Illinois’ automatic voter registration bill because he felt that it violated federal election laws and didn’t provide enough protections against potential voter fraud.  The state’s House and Senate reworked the bill, hoping to satisfy Rauner’s concerns, and the revised bill...

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Illinois Senate Wants to Hike the Income Tax

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3:00pm 5/24/2017 at 3:00pm
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How do you fix the economy? Why, hike taxes instead of slashing the budget of course! Well, that’s how it works in good old Illinois. The state faces a budget crisis (what else is new?!) and the Senate decided to fix it by approving a raise in income tax. From ...

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Illinois Declares October ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’

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No, this is not a joke. No, this has nothing to do with Halloween. The state of Illinois has actually declared October “Zombie Preparedness Month.” From The Chicago Tribune:

The measure instead encourages people to learn more about natural disasters and ensure they have emergency supplies that could last up to...

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Chicago Had 762 Homicides in 2016, Most in Two Decades

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:30pm 1/2/2017 at 1:30pm

That strict gun control in Chicago has obviously worked. America’s third largest city had 762 homicides in 2016, the most in two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. It also saw 3,500 shooting incidents, which is 1,100 more than it had in 2015. From WGN:

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O’Hare Workers Plan Strike After Thanksgiving

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 21, 2016 at 4:30pm 11/21/2016 at 4:30pm

Workers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport have planned to strike after Thanksgiving for a higher wage and union rights. Fox News reported:

Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials said Mond...

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Four Charged in Beating of Man While Onlookers Screamed “Don’t Vote Trump”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 10:00am 11/20/2016 at 10:00am

Chicago authorities have charged four people for beating David Wilcox and hijacking his car after a car accident. People around him just watched and did nothing to help him. Instead they screamed anti-Trump sentiments:

On a video posted online, Wilcox, 50, was pummeled by several individuals, while onlookers shouted “You Voted Trump!”

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It Happened! Chicago Cubs Win 2016 World Series

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00pm 11/3/2016 at 8:00pm

Say it with me: The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. A perfect way to end a magical season that still seems unreal to us lifelong diehard crazy Cubs fans who have endured heartache after heartache.

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