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Disgraced Illinois congressman still costing taxpayers

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Add an election that could cost in the millions to the taxpayer tab from Aaron Schock’s fall from grace.

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Mo’ money, mo’ problems? Illinois schools prefer flexibility and fewer mandates

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Education, Illinois, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois schools look to absorb a $150 million budget cut, local districts are asking for two things: flexibility and a break from state mandates. “I personally wish they would just stop throwing things at school districts,” El Paso-Gridley Superintendent Mike Lindy said. Lindy’s schools, and the nearly 900 […]

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Six percent of students could cost Illinois nearly $1 billion

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Illinois, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Students and parents in Illinois are upset over a standardized test that’s tied to nearly $1 billion in federal money.

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Forget D.C., states are making the policy now

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Federal Government, Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

The government that’s closest to home is the government that can — and probably will — more quickly affect your life.

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Tax rollbacks push Illinois ahead in Rich State, Poor State report

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Illinois, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

By Benjamin Yount SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  It’s amazing what happens when you let people keep their own money. Illinois, a perennial bottom dweller in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, has found itself out of the basement. “It’s a small step being number 40,” ALEC Vice President for State Fiscal Reform […]

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Illinois proposes taking Obamacare to prison

By   /  April 6, 2015  /  Illinois, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Illinois inmates who will soon get out of jail won’t pass “Go” and get $200, but they may collect their Medicaid card.

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