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Illinois cities push their own legislative agenda

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More cities across Illinois are using most, if not all, of their share of property taxes to pay for public safety pensions and the Illinois Municipal League says state mandated sweeteners don’t help.

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Bob Michel remembered for civility, fairness

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michelRobert Michel, who during his 38 years representing the Peoria region in Congress was known to always put country ahead of party, died Friday in Arlington, Virginia. He was 93.

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Trump Hits Populist Note in Inaugural Address

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By Richard Tofel

ProPublica

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, it seemed no...

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AARP opposed to taxing retirement income

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

A Chicago-based nonprofit says raising the Illinois income tax and taxing retirement income will fix the state’s budget mess. The nation’s largest advocacy group for retirees disagrees.

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State farming community hopeful about Trump's Ag Secretary pick

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

usda logoIllinois’ agriculture community is hopeful President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help cut back regulations and lower taxes for farmers.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert said...

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Rauner to discuss 'grand bargain' during budget address

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Gov. Bruce Rauner will use his budget address Wednesday to sound off on the so-called “grand bargain” being constructed in the state Senate.

Rauner has applauded Democratic leaders in the Senate for recognizing the need for economic reforms to grow the economy, but up to this point he’s been quiet on...

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Rauner won't attend inauguration, but still hopes for big things

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

raunerDon’t expect to see Gov. Bruce Rauner among the crowd at Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Rauner said he’s got a lot on his mind.

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Chris Kennedy announces run for Illinois governor

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chris kennedyA big name in national politics has entered the race for Illinois governor: Kennedy.

Chris Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, announced on Wednesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor. He could ultimately be pitted against Republican incumbent Bruce...

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The President? No thank you

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trumpA new survey by Korn Ferry, the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, finds that the vast majority of corporate professionals would much rather take the helm of their own...

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AARP campaigns to protect Medicare

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Rauner warns striking AFSCME workers would be fired

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State officials are warning members of the state’s largest public employee union that their job, pay and benefits are at stake if they go forward with a proposed strike.

The union, AFSCME, told...

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IPI: State could balance budget, pay bills without tax hike

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

capitolIllinois could balance its budget and pay off its backlog of bills without a tax increase. That’s according to the nonpartisan Illinois Policy Institute.

While lawmakers in Springfield are negotiating a potential budget agreement...

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House GOP could consider leader term limits

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

The state’s longest-serving House speaker could find himself the only holdout on implementing term limits for legislative leaders.

There are a couple of ways to bring about term limits...

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Illinois Chamber doesn't like proposed 'job tax'

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The Illinois Chamber says it has a number of problems with the “grand bargain” pending in the state’s senate, but one problem stands out — the tax for the “privilege of doing business in Illinois.”

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AARP letter to Donald Trump

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aarplogo2In a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins outlines AARP's priorities...

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Farm Bureau urges quick action on trade deals

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) isn’t happy with recent trade moves by President Donald Trump, and they hope there’s a quick move to get new agreements in place.

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A look at some of the new state laws

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New Illinois laws that take effect Sunday focus on crime, public safety and helping families and children.

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Under consideration: A tax for doing business in Illinois

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From ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Part of the “grand bargain” to end the state’s budget impasse being heard in the state Senate are some new taxes.

One such tax is called...

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Youth In Five Cities Cite Fear As Major Barrier To Wellness

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center for promise logoYouth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. youth population and...

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Rauner pushes for term limits and reforms in State of State address

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Illinois’ governor continues his push for lawmakers to curb the power of powerful politicians through redistricting reform and legislative term limits, and he applauded leaders in the Senate for working toward a compromise package to end...

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Illinois seniors say no to tax on retirement income

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aarplogoWith the governor and legislators back in Springfield for veto session, thousands of Illinoisans...

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