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Illinois Legislature 2014 budget could be for only 6 months - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Legislature 2014 budget could be for only 6 months - Chicago Sun-Times | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
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Illinois Legislature 2014 budget could be for only 6 months
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Illinois' income tax revenues are scheduled to drop significantly Dec.
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Illinois governor in Washington DC for meetings on minimum wage, environment - The Republic

Illinois governor in Washington DC for meetings on minimum wage, environment - The Republic | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
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GOP governor hopefuls want prisons fixed, searching for solutions

GOP governor hopefuls want prisons fixed, searching for solutions | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD - The four Republican candidates for governor are in agreement when it comes to Illinois prisons: There are too many inmates, not enough cells and quick action is needed to address what they say is a public safety threat.
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Park Ridge mayor lambastes state legislators over pensions, taxes - Chicago Tribune

Park Ridge mayor lambastes state legislators over pensions, taxes - Chicago Tribune | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Park Ridge mayor lambastes state legislators over pensions, taxes
Chicago Tribune
The Illinois constitution mandates a flat tax.
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Illinois tourism seen topping 100 million last year

Illinois tourism seen topping 100 million last year | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Initial estimates suggest that more than 100 million tourists visited Illinois last year, only the second time in the state’s history visitors have topped that threshold. Tourism first hit...
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Report: State's Budget Gap Will Grow Despite Pension Overhaul

Report: State's Budget Gap Will Grow Despite Pension Overhaul | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
CHICAGO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A reform package passed late last year will make improvements to Illinois' woefully underfunded public pension system, but the state's budget gap still will increase to $13 billion by 2025 if current policies remain...
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Quinn calls on Illinois legislature to raise minimum wage to at least $10 - Illinois Review

Quinn calls on Illinois legislature to raise minimum wage to at least $10 - Illinois Review | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD - During Governor Quinn's State of the State address in Springfield today, he urged state lawmakers to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.
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Illinois sees greatest population loss of any state - WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD

Illinois sees greatest population loss of any state - WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Illinois sees greatest population loss of any state
WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD
From July 2012 to July 2013, 67,313 people moved out of the state, while 37,751 moved in.
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One way for Illinois to win the jobs battle: Advertise - Crain's Chicago Business

One way for Illinois to win the jobs battle: Advertise - Crain's Chicago Business | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
One way for Illinois to win the jobs battle: Advertise
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For years now, our state has sat silent as rivals bash its business climate and tout their own.
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Illinois' poisonous status quo - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Illinois' poisonous status quo
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
If you're looking for good news on the state of Illinois' fiscal health and its economic prospects for 2014, read no further.
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Some new ideas on pension reform - Chicago Tribune

Some new ideas on pension reform - Chicago Tribune | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Some new ideas on pension reform
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Pension reform could be in our mist - ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA

Pension reform could be in our mist - ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
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Pension reform could be in our mist
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... Reform Proposal, Pension Reform Proposal from a Bipartisan Panel is Positive Indeed, Illinois Pension Reform, Illinois Pension.
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Wisconsin vs. Illinois; which state has a better economy? | FOX6Now ...

Wisconsin vs. Illinois; which state has a better economy? | FOX6Now ... | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
ILLINOIS/WISCONSIN (WITI) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn have taken opposite paths toward improving the economy. So who's approach is working better? 2011 was a tough year for Illinois and ...
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A review of corporate relocation wins by Site Selection Magazine found that as of 2012, 216 companies had relocated to Illinois, ranking 10th in the nation. Wisconsin had only 57 wins, ranking 24th. The same magazine measures states’ business successes by the number of new facilities and expansions. Illinois ranks fifth in the nation, with 322 companies either expanding or building, while Wisconsin was the last in the Midwest with only 43. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show that since the big budget decisions of 2011, Wisconsin has created 76,000 jobs and Illinois has created 165,800.

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Illinois Budget Debate Heats Up - Bond Buyer

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Illinois Budget Debate Heats Up
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The General Assembly's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability also released an economic outlook prepared by Moody's Analytics.
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Universities worry about minimum wage increase - McDonough Voice

Universities worry about minimum wage increase - McDonough Voice | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
KMOV.com Universities worry about minimum wage increase McDonough Voice But according to the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers, Southern Illinois University President Glen Poshard says that would cost the school $3.2 million a year...
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Editorial: Silence hardly golden in state legislature - Bloomington Pantagraph

Editorial: Silence hardly golden in state legislature - Bloomington Pantagraph | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Editorial: Silence hardly golden in state legislature
Bloomington Pantagraph
The Illinois General Assembly has a long history of making difficult decisions during sessions when many legislators are leaving office.
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Treasurer candidate Cross says balanced budget is ‘priority one’

Treasurer candidate Cross says balanced budget is ‘priority one’ | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Republican candidate Tom Cross said the state treasurer’s office can be used more aggressively.The 20-year veteran state representative from west suburban Oswego and former House minority leader told The State Journal-Register editorial board Wednesday...
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Illinois Legislature votes to delay Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address until after March primary (2/5/14 1:04 pm)

Illinois Legislature votes to delay Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address until after March primary (2/5/14 1:04 pm) | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address.
Updated: 2/5/14 1:04 pm (Legislature votes to delay Quinn's budget address - SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov.
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Editorial: Madigan plan to cut corporate tax rate is smart move - Bloomington Pantagraph

Editorial: Madigan plan to cut corporate tax rate is smart move - Bloomington Pantagraph | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Chicago Sun-Times
Editorial: Madigan plan to cut corporate tax rate is smart move
Bloomington Pantagraph
House Speaker Michael Madigan last week acknowledged what many have been saying for a long time -- the Illinois economy needs stimulation.
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Will Illinois lawmakers extend the 'temporary' income tax? - Belleville News Democrat

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Will Illinois lawmakers extend the 'temporary' income tax?
Belleville News Democrat
Kay and McCarter said they'll be working this spring on bills to further reform Illinois workers' compensation laws.
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Illinois unemployment drops, but state sheds jobs - The Southern

Illinois unemployment drops, but state sheds jobs - The Southern | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Illinois unemployment drops, but state sheds jobs
The Southern
December's jobless rate fell to 8.6 percent from 8.7 percent the previous month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said in its monthly report on statewide unemployment.
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Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought - Chicago Tribune

Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought - Chicago Tribune | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
San Francisco Chronicle Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought Chicago Tribune SPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government...
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Pension Committee's Framework Proposal Would Save IL $145 Billion ... - Progress Illinois

Pension Committee's Framework Proposal Would Save IL $145 Billion ... - Progress Illinois | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Pension Committee's Framework Proposal Would Save IL $145 Billion ...
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Illinois Pension Reform Panel Zeros In On New Cost Saving Plan - Huffington Post

Illinois Pension Reform Panel Zeros In On New Cost Saving Plan - Huffington Post | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
Illinois Pension Reform Panel Zeros In On New Cost Saving Plan Huffington Post CHICAGO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Cost of living increases for pension checks would be tied to inflation under a plan being considered by an Illinois legislative panel charged...
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Successful Pension Reform in Rhode Island

Successful Pension Reform in Rhode Island | Illinois Legislative Affairs | Scoop.it
In ALEC’s latest publication, Keeping The Promise: State Solutions For Government Pension Reform, former State Senator Dan Liljenquist details how the state of Rhode Island successfully addressed its unfunded pension liabilities in 2011.
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