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PROGRESSIVE TAX SUPPORTERS TARGET ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE IN SPRINGFIELD PROTEST

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The Illinois Policy Institute, the parent organization of Illinois News Network, thinks it would be bad policy to switch to a graduated income tax because it would be detrimental to the state’s economy, would unfairly penalize most taxpayers and because state government has not been fiscally responsible with what it does have.

25 BEST AND WORST ILLINOIS COUNTY FEBRUARY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, MAPPED OUT

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According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the 8.7 percent figure put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a seasonally adjusted rate, taking in to account season jobs.

FIRST POLL OF GENERAL ELECTION: RAUNER HAS SLIGHT EDGE, UNIONS HAVE STRONG SUPPORT

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The election is more than six months away and we’ve already got the first poll of the season: A Rasmussen Reports survey that gives Bruce Rauner a narrow lead over Gov. Pat Quinn, indicates low approval ratings for Quinn and relatively strong support for public employee unions.

SENATE DEMS WARN OF MASSIVE CUTS TO SCHOOL FUNDING IF INCOME TAX HIKE EXPIRES

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The temporary income tax hike in Illinois is set to expire in January. Gov. Pat Quinn wants to extend it and make it permanent. So do most Democratic lawmakers, while most Republican lawmakers would like to see the increase expire.

Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads

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“Illinois is putting the environment at a much greater a risk because it has a very non-aggressive timeline for phase-out,” said Stiv Wilson, associate director of the 5 Gyres Institute.

More Proof That American Health Care Prices Are Sky-High

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As anyone who’s ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that residents of other countries don’t pay nearly as much for the same things.

Illinois’ friends-and-family hiring plan

CTA President Forrest Claypool listens to complaints about Ventra during a budget hearing in Chicago in 2013. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune)

In Illinois, the friends-and-family hiring plan still rules

Bill would ban corporal punishment in Missouri schools

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Kavanaugh, now a fifth-grade teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School in St. Louis, previously taught in a school where children were physically punished for bad behavior, but she never participated.

KIM BUTLER NAMED WARDEN OF MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER

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Kim Butler, a 20-year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections was today named Warden of Menard Correctional Center

Strip club tax in Illinois falls short of expectations

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According to the Illinois Department of Revenue, the so-called “pole tax” raised about $380,000 in 2013 to help fund rape crisis centers in the state.

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