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[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, in June of 2004, total Illinois employment was 5,932,487. Ten years later, in June of 2014, total Illinois employment was 6,068,068.
That’s a net increase of less than 2.3 percent.
In ten years.
Oy.
* In November of 2006, the last time the state’s unemployment [...]

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* State Rep. Mike Bost was asked during a tele-townhall meeting: “What do you intend to do for the middle class to get this weight off of us?” The GOP congressional candidate’s response…
I know that this might not be a popular statement, but this is the way I feel. You cannot lift up [...]

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Illinois Issues…
Dueling court rulings handed down today put the future of a key piece of Obamacare into question, but for now, nothing will change about the way the law is implemented in Illinois.
A three judge panel in Washington D.C. ruled this morning that under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, federal subsidies to [...]

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
“This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17th during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released an economic plan for Illinois.
“That plan calls for a freeze on property taxes and rolling back the 2010 tax increase. [...]

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* After initially casting petulant aspersions on the US Department of Justice’s request to delay testimony by subpoenaed witnesses before the Legislative Audit Commission, today’s editorial says the Commission should abide by the request…
Lawmakers have little choice now but to abide by the U.S. attorney’s request that they don’t conduct interviews. If they pursue this, [...]

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Pearson…
Democratic comptroller nominee Sheila Simon, currently the state’s lieutenant governor, reported more than $510,000 left as she takes on incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka.
Simon reported raising more than $181,000 in the three-month reporting period. Topinka’s report had not been filed late Tuesday, but she entered the quarter with more than $1.1 million.
Topinka eventually reported [...]

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[10 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Assistant US Attorney General Peter Kadzik wrote a letter today to the co-chairmen of the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission. Read it here. From the letter…
This confirms our request, during a telephone conversation with you and your staff on July 9, 2014, that the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission refrain from conducting interviews or [...]

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[9 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* As we discussed yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn held a press conference to slam Bruce Rauner over his tax issues. Sun-Times…
In a campaign in which Democrats are playing up income inequality issues, Quinn held a news conference that called on Rauner to further disclose details related to taxes he’s already released as well as [...]

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[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From a Tribune editorial entitled “How the pols who caused this crisis can save Illinois from ruin“…

A better option is for the politicians who own — sorry, we should say run — Illinois governance to declare right now that they will put before us an amendment to refine the state constitution’s retiree benefits protection [...]