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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

[Bumped up to Monday for visibility and comments re-opened.]
* I’ve been tweeting about this new Bruce Rauner TV ad and I finally got it…

They’ve got that Madigan issue and that property tax issue and they’re sticking to ‘em and I don’t blame them. The stuff works. Not gonna help pass a budget, though.
* Transcript…
Mike […]

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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* There was some question yesterday about what the loss of Powerball and Mega Millions sales would do to the state budget. Here’s CBS 2…
Figures for 2016 show $99 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales in Illinois. About 40 percent of each comes back to Illinois in revenue. […]
“That’s […]

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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Sun-Times editorial…
We’re still pushing for the passage of an actual state budget between now and July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year, because we’re hopelessly naive that way. In the meantime, here are 10 bills, all largely independent of the budget stalemate, that the governor can sign into law now.
* Bob Reed…

For […]

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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From a Quad Cities TV station report on the special session…
The governor says he supports a Republican budget that calls for term limits and a four-year property tax freeze.
That’s one weird budget.
Also, nowhere in the story is any mention made that the governor is supporting a plan that includes an increase in income […]

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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the ILGOP…
Morning Rich,
Take a listen to Pritzker’s interview on WTTW last night when you get a chance. “Yikes” is really the operative word after watching this.
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/06/15/jb-pritzker-battles-crowded-democratic-field-rauner
Pritzker comes across terribly in this, ducking basic questions. Looks like a total insider.
For instance, Pritzker was asked three times whether he thinks we should […]

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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Tina Sfondeles…
The Senate president said he won’t call a Republican spending bill without a corresponding revenue bill.
Senate Democrats already passed a revenue bill with no Republican support. And while Rauner and the Republicans say they’ll now back a tax plan on their own terms, Republicans aren’t on record for voting for the measure, which […]

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[16 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From Rep. Elaine Nekritz…
I just sent this to the committeemen in my district.
Mr. Matt Flamm
Democratic Committeeman, Palatine Township
Mr. Michael Kreloff
Democratic Committeeman, Northfield Township
Mr. Terry Link
Democratic County Chair, Lake County
Mr. Mark Walker
Democratic Committeeman, Wheeling Township
Dear Sirs,
It has been an honor to serve as State Representative from the 57th District since 2003. I have worked diligently […]

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[13 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From Moody’s…
New York, June 13, 2017 — Summary Rating Rationale
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the Regional Transportation Authority’s outstanding general obligation bonds, which are backed by a pledge of regional sales tax revenues, to A2 from Aa3, affecting about $2.2 billion of outstanding debt. The outlook remains negative.
The downgrade factors in the repercussions of […]

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[13 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Tom Lisi is now at the Decatur Herald & Review and filed this report about school funding reform…
The Republican grievance over Chicago centers around language in the formula that would essentially fold the city into the rest of the state. Chicago Public Schools, one of the largest districts in the country, has long acted […]

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[13 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
Chicago homeowners are about to get whacked with a 10 percent increase in their property taxes.
Owners of commercial properties will have to dig almost as deep. The average hike there is 9.3 percent.
Both pieces of news come in a summary from Cook County Clerk David Orr of the bills that’ll be in the […]