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State News
7:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Rauner criticizes Quinn's tax policies

The Republican nominee for Illinois governor spent the weekend criticizing Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn’s tax policies. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

Republican Bruce Rauner is speaking out against Governor Quinn’s call to keep the state’s personal income tax rate at 5 percent. The tax rate is scheduled to drop next year.

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State News
7:43 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Renters locked out of Quinn's tax refund plan

Illinois income taxes won’t be going down anytime soon if Governor Pat Quinn gets his way. Quinn’s new budget plan would make a recent income tax hike permanent instead of allowing tax rates to drop next year. One reason is because Quinn says he wants to put more money in homeowners’ pockets. But as Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports, that part of his plan could leave out many renters.

    

     

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State News
7:16 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Additional education funding slow to come under Governor Quinn's budget plan

Governor Pat Quinn is selling his budget plan, with its extension of Illinois' income tax increase, as a way to better fund schools. But as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, that doesn't come right away.

During his budget address, Gov. Quinn introduced big plans for education: modernizing classrooms, a "birth to five" early learning initiative, and more money for elementary and high schools.

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State News
7:06 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Higher ed officials to discuss Governor's budget plan

University presidents and chancellors in Illinois will talk Tuesday about a key aspect of Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plan.  

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State News
6:55 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Some lawmakers looking to do away with Il Charter School Commission

Some members of the state legislature are already trying to do away the Illinois State Charter School Commission which was established less than three years ago.

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Economist: raising minimum wage would hurt job growth

An economist predicts raising the minimum wage in Illinois would hurt job growth.

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State News
5:53 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Green Party candidates seek place on November ballot

Illinois Republicans and Democrats chose their party's nominees last week. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, third-party candidates are working to join them on the November ballot. 

Before they can even think about winning a statewide election, independent candidates and those from third parties have to make it on the ballot which requires collecting at least 25,000 valid signatures, by mid-June. 

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State News
5:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Edgar backs Governor's proposal to make income tax hike permanent

Former Governor Jim Edgar says spending cuts triggered by the scheduled reduction in the state income tax rate would make it even harder to catch up on unpaid back bills and fund education. So the Republican Edgar says Governor Pat Quinn’s budget proposal to make the state income tax hike permanent is a good idea. But Edgar says it would have been better if the income tax increase had been paired with cuts and controls on spending in the first place.

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Government
3:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Quinn’s budget includes re-opening youth prisons

Credit WBEZ.org

 

The state budget proposed this week by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s includes money to reopen two recently shuttered youth prisons.  

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Government
3:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

IL lawmakers advance millionaire tax legislation

A tax on millionaires is advancing through the General Assembly, at the expense of a progressive income tax.  

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