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[4 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* The Illinois State Board of Education has run Amendments 1 and 2 of Sen. Andy Manar’s education funding reform plan through its modeling program and has issued a report. Click here. Manar has introduced a third amendment which wasn’t looked at, however. He claims the new amendment would significantly alter the […]

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[4 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* COGFA…
Year To Date
Through April, base receipts are down $4.977 billion. The drop reflects comparatively lower income tax rates for the first part of the fiscal year, the one-time nature of some pharmaceutical court settlements recovered by the Attorney General‘s Office last fiscal year, no fund sweeps year to date, and the dismal performance of […]

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[4 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Pay Now Illinois, a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies, today sued Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies seeking immediate payment in full of more than $100 million owed for work performed under contracts that date back to July 1, 2015, the beginning […]

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[4 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
STATEMENT: We are now seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago.
CHICAGO – The following statement is by Mellody Hobson on behalf of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art following Friends of the Parks announcement rejecting a compromise location for the museum:
“My husband and I have worked in earnest for two years, side-by-side with every […]

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[4 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* BND…

The company that operates several coal-fired power plants in central and southern Illinois announced Tuesday it would shut down units one and three at the Baldwin Power Station.
The shutdown will occur over the next year, according to a Dynegy statement. Company spokesman Micah Hirschfield said approximately 122 current jobs plus any vacant open positions […]

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
A national credit rating service is calling the emergency bridge funding measure for Illinois colleges and universities a “credit positive” move, but only for the short term.
The $600 million stopgap measure signed into law last week provides $356 million to public universities, $169 million to Monetary Award Program financial aid grants and $74 million […]

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Makes sense…
To members of the Illinois General Assembly,
After reviewing HC0058 Sponsored by State Representative Jack Franks it is the considered opinion of MALDEF that his proposal would better protect interests of racial and language minorities covered under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The language of HC0058 prioritizes minority voting rights over a […]

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…

Friends of the Parks has suspended its lawsuit against the proposed Lucas Museum on Chicago’s lakefront, the group announced Tuesday.
The nonprofit group, which has blocked the push by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to build an arts museum near Soldier Field, said in a news release that the stay “gives […]

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Dan Petrella…
Although they wouldn’t name any names, Democratic Reps. Lou Lang of Skokie and Christian Mitchell of Chicago said at a Statehouse news conference Monday that they think some Republicans will support their plan to introduce a graduated state income tax.
“This is an issue whose time has come,” said Mitchell, who is sponsoring the […]

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[28 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

* We talked yesterday about how opioid use is soaring in the Metro East.
There is a bill out there which would make abuse a bit more difficult by using some new technology…
A coalition of physicians, law enforcement agencies, addiction survivors and substance abuse counselors urged state lawmakers during a press conference Tuesday to […]