Congressman: Repealing death tax would be ‘nirvana’

By   /  August 15, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

It was Founding Father Benjamin Franklin who said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” One Illinois congressman wants to disconnect the two by eliminating the so-called death tax. Tax reform is one of the major issues being pushed by the administration of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. […]

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USDA Secretary Perdue talks farm bill and trade at stop in central Illinois

By   /  August 8, 2017  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

Stopping at a family farm just outside of Springfield, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture said he wants to focus on markets, not programs. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that farmers aren’t as productive when they’re planting to conform to a program, rather than consumers, and gave an example from his […]

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Congressman pushes for federal tax reform to help offset state income tax hike

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is embarking on a tour to talk federal tax reform, and he’s getting an earful from constituents. One of the participants in the roundtable discussion in Springfield Aug. 1, Merrill Lynch financial adviser Gary Seitz, told Davis to be bold, throw out the current tax code, and start from scratch. […]

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VP Pence breaks tie to open debate in Senate on Obamacare replacement

By   /  July 26, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington  /  No Comments

Both parties in Washington D.C. know Obamacare is flawed and getting worse, but no Democrats and two Republicans voted Tuesday against opening debate to change things. That meant it took Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie just to open up debate on reforming the country’s controversial health care law, the Affordable Care Act. […]

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Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue. Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford, which challenges Wisconsin’s 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. He said his […]

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U.S. Supreme Court asked to take case challenging forced union dues

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The nation’s high court is being asked to take up the issue of whether government employees should be forced to pay dues and fees to government unions. The case Janus v. AFSCME originated in Illinois. Mark Janus and several other Illinois state employees say they don’t want to be forced to pay union dues. Their […]

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