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[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* InsiderHigherEd…
It’s impossible to examine state higher education finances in 2016 without separating the collapse in Illinois from a more nuanced picture across the rest of the country.
State and local support for higher education in Illinois plunged as the state’s lawmakers and governor were unable to reach a budget agreement and instead passed severely pared-down […]

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[19 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From a statement by Personal PAC’s Terry Cosgrove…
…Governor Rauner’s veto of HB 40 would completely betray the trust of everyone in Illinois.
 
In politics and in life, you are only as good as your word…especially when that word is followed by a signature.
Personal PAC’s questionnaire is a contract of trust and how we the people can […]

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[19 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Kerry Lester…
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner told a suburban business group today that state lawmakers are “very close” to a budget deal that would break a two-year stalemate.
He offered no details but called it “a big comprehensive package” and asked the crowd at a GOA Regional Business Association luncheon to “stay strong.”
Rauner, promoting his pro-business […]

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[19 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* O’Hare Airport is one of our state’s crown jewels, so this Greg Hinz report ought to case some worry…
(F)igures drawn from U.S. Department of Transportation reports indicate that over the past decade, the total number of departing passengers dropped 1.5 percent at O’Hare even as it grew 8.1 percent nationally.
That leaves O’Hare far […]

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release from Sen. Daniel Biss’ campaign…
Today, Biss for Illinois announced Abby Witt, the former Managing Director of Organizing for America (OFA), as its campaign manager. An Evanston native, Witt was responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of OFA, an organization dedicated to advancing a progressive agenda through grassroots action and training.
“If […]

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
Those of you who have been around a few years will remember how things used to be at the Chicago Transit Authority. Every year or two, the agency would suffer one of its inevitable financial crises. Without enough cash to pay the bills, whoever was the boss at the time would throw a […]

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From a pal…
So do you want footage of Schakowsky, Quigley and a reluctant Biss doing the Chicken Dance from the Tax Day Rally?
But of course, I replied. A dancing gubernatorial candidate is always a fun post, especially so when it’s attempted by a very, um, non-loose guy like Daniel Biss.
* Here you go…

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[10 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From a Tribune editorial on the stopgap passed last week by the House…
Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva, said he wakes up every day wondering “who will die today?” because of lawmakers’ inaction on a full-year budget. But he stuck with his opposition to a stopgap, saying it only relieves the pressure on the legislature to […]

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[10 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski is headed for a primary challenge next year in the Southwest Side and southwest suburban 3rd Congressional District.
Marie Newman, a marketing consultant from La Grange, is looking to push a more progressive agenda. […]
Lipinski, who succeeded his father, Bill, holds a more social conservative ideology than most Chicago Democrats […]

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[10 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From an Ameya Pawar fundraising appeal…
Across Illinois, social service agencies are closing. Jobs are fleeing the state. Public schools aren’t sure how they open their doors in the fall. Our state universities and colleges are being starved of resources. Nearly 47,000 poor families are no longer eligible for childcare.
This is all because Bruce Rauner […]