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Cook County Board OK’s Suffredin Tax Administration Office Proposal

(Chicago) – April 19, 2012. Special Report: Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) on Tuesday won approval by the county board for a plan to create the Cook County Office of Tax Administration to coordinate the multi-layered county tax system. Continue reading »

Late Night: Indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith Has Stashed $100,000 in Campaign Cash… and More

(Chicago, IL) – April 16, 2012. Usually candidates­–even victors–in tough primary fights end a campaign with an empty treasury. But not indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago). Smith apparently made a profit. Continue reading »

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin Pushes News County Tax Administrator Plan

(Chicago) – April 13, 2012. Special Report: In the wake of other aborted attempts to streamline the administrative apparatus of Cook County’s property tax system, a top county lawmaker is rolling out another proposal for a county panel vote on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Taps Jay Rowell as Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security

(Chicago, IL) – June 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn on Friday evening announced several top appointments to state agencies, including Jay Rowell as director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Rowell, who is currently the political director for the Senate President John Cullerton’s Illinois Democratic Senate operation, is a former deputy director in the … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn OKs “Amazon.com” Sales Tax

(Springfield, IL) — March 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed the “Amazon.com tax” to require all online companies doing business in Illinois to collect legally required sales taxes. House Continue reading »

Pat Quinn Vetoes McCormick Place Reform Bill; Madigan, Cullerton Expected to Override

(Springfield, IL) — May 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed portions of the McCormick Place reform legislation, but the Illinois General Assembly is widely expected to brush aside Quinn’s action and override the veto. “The General Assembly has taken only half a step toward reforming our state’s convention industry,” said Governor Quinn in his … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Illinois Democrats’ Proposed State Budget Electoral Genius?

(Springfield, IL) — May 7, 2010. Could there be political gold even in a fiscal calamity? The Illinois state budget promoted Illinois Democratic leaders, which was yesterday approved by the Illinois State Senate and now is being considered by the House, may offend public policy process idealists but could prove to be electoral genius for … Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: Senator Christine Radogno Wants Changes to Current Illinois State Employee Pension Benefits

(Springfield, IL) — April 19, 2010. Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) backed changes to the Illinois employee pension system that will yield savings of $220 billion during next 30 years, but wants to put current employee benefits on the chopping block if possible. “I know there’s differing opinions as to whether or not … Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: Pat Quinn Claims Pension Reforms to Save Illinois $200 Billion; Praises Michael Madigan, John Cullerton

(Chicago, IL) — April 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday finally signed into law a significant public pension reform bill that will save taxpayers billions of dollars while protecting the retirement of state workers. “From the moment I took office, I have worked to overhaul Illinois’ pension system to provide relief to taxpayers while protecting … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Senate President John Cullerton Says Evanston to Keep its State Income Tax Money; Pat Quinn’s Budget Gets a $300 Million Hole

(Chicago, IL) — April 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn has proposed cutting the share of the Illinois income tax that is shared with towns and cities by $300 million to help close the state’s gaping budget deficit. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), however, on Friday told Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl not to worry: the … Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: Madigan, Cullerton Win Swift, Bi-Partisan Approval of Public Pension Reform Plan to Save Illinois $100 Billion

(Springfield, IL) — March 24, 2010. In less than 12 hours, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) today bulldozed a massive Illinois pension reform bill–which creates a two-tier public employee retirement system–through the Illinois legislature. That’s legislative light-speed. In the unexpected move, Madigan rolled out the legislation, Senate Bill 1946, … Continue reading »

Illinois Legislature: Daily Herald Flashing Red on Senate President John Cullerton’s Red Light Cameras Moves

(Chicago, IL) — March 22, 2010. It was an odd rant. A few days ago, the Daily Herald editorial board was flashing red over Illinois Senate President John Cullerton‘s exposure of a lawmaker’s lie and exposure to information in a routine meeting regarding pending red-light-camera legislation. “Democratic Senate President John Cullerton has turned fixing red-light-camera … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Rep. Jehan Gordon Dumps on Pat Quinn’s Budget Cut to Cities

State Rep. Jehan Gordon (D-Peoria) is giving Governor Pat Quinn a legislative taste of the difficulties that his budget faces in the Illinois legislature. Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Democratic Women Call on Quinn, Cross, Cullerton, Madigan, Radogno to Pass “Comprehensive Tax Reform”

(Springfield, IL) — March 16, 2010. From the Department of Wishful Thinking, more than 200 mostly Democratic women have sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) demanding that they pass a “comprehensive tax reform” package. In the … Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: Senate President John Cullerton Backs Changes to Illinois Pension System

(Chicago, IL) – February 22, 2010. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is willing to change Illinois ghastly underfunded pension to keep the retirement tub from sinking further. Give Cullerton two-points for courage. Crain’s Chicago columnist Greg Hinz snared that precious pension morsel from Cullerton earlier today. The president of the Illinois Senate says he’s interested … Continue reading »

Illinois Legislature: Senate President John Cullerton, Senator Christine Radogno Host Bi-Partisan Dinner at Pat Quinn’s House

(Springfield, IL) — February 8, 2010. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Senate Minority Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) will host a bi-partisan dinner of senators and staff at Governor Pat Quinn‘s house. The dinner at the Governor’s mansion in Springfield tonight, Monday, February 8, begins at 6:00 p.m. Good for Cullerton and Radogno.

Jesse White, Lisa Madigan, John Cullerton, Barbara Flynn Currie, Robin Kelly and Other Illinois Pols Attend White House Holiday Party

(Chicago, IL) — December 5, 2009. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed a group of Illinois Democrats to a glittering holiday party at the White House on Thursday. A select group. Heading up the Illinois White House party goers–with an invitation–were: Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, State Senate … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: State Tax Revenue Drops $14.3 Billion Nationwide–Illinois 1 of 10 States with Double Digit Decline in Personal, Corporate, Sale Taxes

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2009. State tax revenues nationwide to continue to evaporate. Tax revenues dropped at least $14.3 billion nationwide in the most recent fiscal quarter, according to a study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. The Rockefeller Institute compiled data from states and it shows major tax sources were $119.7 … Continue reading »

Illinois Women in Drug, Alcohol Treatment Jump 41%; Young Girls up 53%

(Chicago, IL) – November 12, 2009. According to a new analysis of Illinois government data, the number of women receiving state-supported treatment for drug or alcohol addiction between 1995-2007 jumped 41%, compared to 21.7% for men. “The face of addiction is changing across Illinois—and it is increasingly a woman’s face,” said Sara Moscato Howe, CEO … Continue reading »

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