State, union extends contract again

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration and the state’s biggest public-employee union agreed Wednesday to stay at the bargaining table, this time for two additional months, without threat of strike or lockout.
Also on Wednesday, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 1229, which Democrats say is aimed at preventing a strike or […]

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House votes to dump 2 percent raise

By   /  July 29, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD —  The Illinois House on Tuesday rejected a 2 percent raise and proved that even when they agree state lawmakers can give each other a verbal beating.
By a vote of 101 to 1, representatives passed House Bill 576, which would halt a 2 percent cost-of-living allowance and freeze per […]

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Trump ripped on floor of state House

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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The state may be without a budget three weeks into the new fiscal year, but two state representatives took a few minutes Tuesday to air their thoughts on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Industry phasing out microplastics, but PA lawmakers want a ban anyhow

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  Audio, Federal Government, Illinois, Indiana, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  2 Comments

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Three Pennsylvania legislators plan on introducing a ban on microplastics. One sponsor says the law is necessary, even if some companies are voluntarily phasing the ingredient out.

Eight states have already passed such bans, more than a dozen have or are considering one, and such legislation is pending in Congress.

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Staredown continues in Springfield

By   /  July 14, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

GET EM OUT: Rauner wants a stronger governor and weaker legislature to restore "balance."

With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats locked in a battle of wills, it’s getting testy in Springfield.

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Chicago startups could be exempt from Netflix ‘cloud tax’

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  Illinois, News, Politics, Regulations, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office recently told Chicago’s startup community to expect a formal proposal exempting them from a newly enacted “cloud tax.”

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