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Monday, June 10, 2024
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BUDGET Pritzker signs largest budget in state history; $53.1 billion spending plan includes tax hikes, politician pay raises and a billion dollars for non-citizens. On Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker signed into…


Tuesday, April 30, 2024
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BUDGET Moody’s adds “positive” outlook to State of Illinois credit rating of A3. This moves Illinois further away from “junk bond” territory. However, Illinois debts continue to have a lower credit…


Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY Third Reading deadline for House bills. At the end of last week, the Illinois House of Representatives came to its “Third Reading deadline,” which represents the final date that…


Monday, April 15, 2024
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CRIMINAL LAW Cashless Bail Fails: Six months of diminished public safety. Six months after the full implementation of the cashless bail, and other provisions, of the Illinois SAFE-T Act, Illinois residents…


Tuesday, March 12, 2024
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DISABILITY SERVICES | HUMAN TRAFFICKING | BUDGET | JOBS DISABILITY SERVICES Rep. Meier, GOP Legislators Continue to Protect Jobs for Workers with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. At a press conference held in…


Friday, March 1, 2024
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BUDGET | TAXES | IMMIGRATION | INFLATION BUDGET Governor delivers largest budget proposal in state history and wants to raise taxes. House Republicans respond. Governor JB Pritzker delivered his State of…


Thursday, September 7, 2023
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JOBS Illinois supplements its overall July 4.5% unemployment report with report on metro areas. The follow-up July report breaks out Illinois’ joblessness numbers with numbers from 14 key metro areas…


Monday, July 31, 2023
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STATE GOVERNMENT Watchdog report indicates massive failure of maintenance in Illinois’ prison system. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) operates 27 correctional facilities throughout the state. Ranging up to maximum…


Monday, June 12, 2023
Catching up with Coffey

How the budget is impacting our state and our communities Budget Pritzker signs unbalanced FY24 Illinois State Budget. Earlier this week, Governor JB Pritzker signed the Democrat-crafted budget into law. The…