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[17 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From a press release…
Gov. Bruce Rauner today released his 2016 federal and state 1040s, reflecting income and tax rates, while detailing the Rauner family’s charitable and community giving last year.
In 2016, the Rauners paid more than $22.9 million in federal and state taxes on federal taxable income of $73 million and state taxable […]

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[17 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* One of the most over-used dodges by House Democrats when asked where they stand on Speaker Madigan’s reelection is saying they want to first wait and see who the candidates are….
[Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)] wished Rauner would have vetoed [HB40] because of the cost, and the Senator appeared to dodge the question of whether […]

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[11 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* BGA…
The economic lifeblood of this rural whiz-by of a town is frozen French fries. And bacon. And fabricated steel, ethanol, hydroponic tomatoes, the production of passenger cars for METRA.
About 16,000 freight cars roll through each year, picking up and delivering grain and other goods. Soon, boutique whiskey distilled in a onetime downtown theater will […]

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[11 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Hmm…
Establishment Republicans are getting squeezed to death from within. In what should be nirvana — all-party control of Washington — they instead are jammed daily between a president who routinely ridicules them for ineptitude — and Steve Bannon, who’s recruiting hardliners to extinguish their very existence.
Why this matters: The Breitbart News chairman and former […]

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[11 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* This has come up as an issue in the gubernatorial campaign…
CME Group Inc. has a message for Illinois legislators who see the $47 billion global derivatives trading giant as a piggy bank to help solve the state’s fiscal woes.
Chief Executive Officer Terry Duffy said that the exchange is less rooted in its historical home […]

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* JB Pritzker missed yesterday’s forum at NIU, but his statement was read before the questions began. Here’s part of it…
Hello everyone. Thank you to DeKalb Stands and Northern Illinois University for hosting this great event. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be with you tonight. My running mate Juliana Stratton was looking forward […]

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Chris Kennedy was asked last night during a candidate forum about his position on legalizing marijuana…
KENNEDY: I’ve seen the crowd’s reaction on this, I’d like to take a pass on this one. [LAUGHTER]
MODERATOR: Are you sure?
KENNEDY: No but I think we are all struggling with the same issue, and […]

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* National Review…
Veteran political commentators agreed. “Governor Rauner said from the time he was a candidate that he was a fiscal conservative with no social agenda. His wife, Diana, a major Planned Parenthood donor, said they were both ‘social-justice warriors.’ One of them turned out to be a liar — and it wasn’t Diana,” […]

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* I’ve asked the candidates for a response and will post if they ever arrive…
“The silence from the Democrat candidates for governor speaks volumes about their respect for taxpayers. Rather than offer relief after backing Madigan’s 32% tax hike, Pritzker, Kennedy, and Biss are keeping quiet on the unpopular soda tax in a desperate attempt […]

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

* COGFA looks at the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers…
(C)onstruction jobs (seasonally adjusted) in Illinois grew 0.6% between June 2015 and June 2017. This rate of growth ranks Illinois 46th in the nation for this rate of improvement in this subsector for this time period. Even more disappointing are the results when comparing the […]