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Illinois Senate president: No vote on pension reform until January - Chicago Tribune

Illinois Senate president: No vote on pension reform until January - Chicago Tribune | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Chicago TribuneIllinois Senate president: No vote on pension reform until JanuaryChicago TribuneDon't expect a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's government worker pension program until after the new year, Illinois Senate President John...
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Illinois Legislature will vote on extending income tax increase

Illinois Legislature will vote on extending income tax increase | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD – A member of House Speaker Mike Madigan's leadership team says there will be a vote before the Legislature adjourns this spring to extend or make permanent the "temporary" income tax increase passed in 2011.
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Illinois voters to face a rare 5 ballot questions

Illinois voters to face a rare 5 ballot questions | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
When Illinois voters cast ballots for the November election, they will have a rare opportunity to weigh in on nearly half a dozen hot-button issues.
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Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch

Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
By SOPHIA TAREEN and SARA BURNETTAssociated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are getting ready for their third and likely final televised debate.
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30 days to go: The stakes in the Nov. 4 election - Chicago Tribune

30 days to go: The stakes in the Nov. 4 election - Chicago Tribune | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
That furious clicking sound isn't the Sunday "60 Minutes" stopwatch run amok. It's the rapid percussion of candidates' heartbeats as they enter their final 30 days to make the sale before Tuesday, Nov.
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Calls for Illinois pension reform date back nearly a century

Calls for Illinois pension reform date back nearly a century | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Anyone following the pension reform debate knows that Illinois has long diverted the moneys needed to properly fund its pension systems to avoid tax increases, cuts in public services or both. Some may not admit it, but they know it.
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Moody’s reveals deep trouble with Illinois pension system - Watchdog.org

Moody’s reveals deep trouble with Illinois pension system - Watchdog.org | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Moody’s Investors Service, one of the nation’s major credit-rating agencies, conducted a study on each state’s pension liability as a percentage of state revenue and found that Illinois has the highest in the country by a wide margin.
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Aurora mayor talks public safety pension reform in Chicago speech - Aurora Beacon News

Aurora mayor talks public safety pension reform in Chicago speech Aurora Beacon News CHICAGO — Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner called on state legislators to reform benefits for public safety workers and suggested the 660 individual boards that govern...
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Illinois governor candidates focus on business, hiring

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Why Illinois is running last

Why Illinois is running last | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Illinois’ 2011 income tax hike put the brakes on the state’s private-sector jobs recovery.
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Hatcher, Schmitz reflect on their state legislative careers - Kane County Chronicle

Hatcher, Schmitz reflect on their state legislative careers - Kane County Chronicle | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Hatcher, Schmitz reflect on their state legislative careers Kane County Chronicle In looking back at what he has done in his legislative career, Schmitz noted most of his accomplishments have involved “sticks and bricks.” That included paving the...
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Consolidating many governments in Illinois can create savings - Chicago Sun-Times

Consolidating many governments in Illinois can create savings - Chicago Sun-Times | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Consolidating many governments in Illinois can create savings
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Illinois has 6,968 units of government in all, 42 percent more than the distant runner-up, Pennsylvania. But the bills Quinn signed are fly swatters at a garbage dump.
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Sacred cows hinder progress - Herald & Review

Sacred cows hinder progress - Herald & Review | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Sacred cows hinder progress
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The result is that Illinois residents pay pretty high taxes in total, and receive government services that are less than ideal. Yet, no one ...
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Illinois restricts employer inquiries on criminal convictions and adds ... - Lexology (registration)

Illinois restricts employer inquiries on criminal convictions and adds ... - Lexology (registration) | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Illinois restricts employer inquiries on criminal convictions and adds ...
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Illinois governor candidates spar on finance,...

Illinois governor candidates spar on finance,... | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs: Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois’ financial...
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How Gov. Quinn and Statehouse pols booby-trapped Illinois - Chicago Tribune

How Gov. Quinn and Statehouse pols booby-trapped Illinois - Chicago Tribune | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Our candidate preference is there for all to see: We've endorsed Bruce Rauner for governor of Illinois.
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Illinois governor hopefuls to meet for 2nd debate

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Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will debate for a second time as they battle to become Illinois' next governor.
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Rauner brings campaign to Aurora - Aurora Beacon News

Bruce Rauner brought his campaign for governor to Aurora Friday, taking a tour of the International Paper Company at 2540 Prospect Court.
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Higher user fees to help county balance budget - Kane County Chronicle

Higher user fees to help county balance budget - Kane County Chronicle | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Higher user fees to help county balance budget Kane County Chronicle The added user fees – along the reduction of an additional sheriff's deputy and reductions to reflect the salaries and benefits of recent new hires – have balanced the budget,...
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Aurora mayor talks public safety pension reform in Chicago speech - Aurora Beacon News - Aurora - NewsLocker

Aurora mayor talks public safety pension reform in Chicago speech - Aurora Beacon News - Aurora - NewsLocker | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Aurora mayor talks public safety pension reform in Chicago speech Aurora Beacon News CHICAGO — Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner called on state legislators to reform benefits for public safety workers and suggested the 660 individual boards that govern...
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Election 2014: Bruce Rauner no fan of Illinois gambling expansion - Freeport Journal-Standard

Election 2014: Bruce Rauner no fan of Illinois gambling expansion - Freeport Journal-Standard | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
The Republic Election 2014: Bruce Rauner no fan of Illinois gambling expansion Freeport Journal-Standard Rauner, who said any expansion should maximize profit, also said he'd lean against putting slots at O'Hare and Midway airports — one of the...
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House Democrats quietly meeting on school funding

House Democrats quietly meeting on school funding | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
A number of top Democratic House lawmakers have been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois' dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier...
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Could online voter registration affect election outcome? - Chicago Daily Herald

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Could online voter registration affect election outcome?
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Illinoisans started registering to vote online for the first time in June, and the daily tally of applications is beginning to grow.
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Our Opinion: Voters don't need term limits, they need to vote - The State Journal-Register

Our Opinion: Voters don't need term limits, they need to vote - The State Journal-Register | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Our Opinion: Voters don't need term limits, they need to vote
The State Journal-Register
“Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan and the Springfield career politicians won today, and the people of Illinois lost,” he said in a statement.
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Group continues fight to put term limits on ballot - The Herald-News

Group continues fight to put term limits on ballot - The Herald-News | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Chicago Sun-Times Group continues fight to put term limits on ballot The Herald-News CHICAGO – A group that wants to put legislative term limits on the November ballot told an Illinois appeals court Thursday that voters deserve a chance to approve...
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After-School Programs Foster Success for Future in Illinois - Public News Service

After-School Programs Foster Success for Future in Illinois - Public News Service | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
After-School Programs Foster Success for Future in Illinois
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PHOTO: Educational experts say after-school programs in Illinois can help narrow achievement gaps, but only 16 percent of students in the state are currently enrolled.
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