Illinois gas prices likely to rise after state budget strips tax exemption on ethanol

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

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An advocate for gasoline wholesalers says they’ve been betrayed by the newest Illinois budget and could see a shift away from ethanol-mixed fuel because of it. E10 gasoline, which is regular gas with ten percent ethanol blended in, has had a 20 percent tax exemption at the wholesale level since 2011. The budget passed by […]

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Proposed legislation would open up records on federal pension recipients

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A Florida congressman and an open-government organization have launched a campaign to make key information on federal pension recipients subject to public disclosure. The legislation, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, would make information about pension recipients subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. The information subject to public review would […]

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Haupt: Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

By   /  July 18, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” – Francis Bellamy Those that crossed the Mason-Dixon Line to work in the Civil Rights Movement were shocked to experience denial of justice and […]

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Krug: Editors and publishers fail when transparency is absent in reader ‘comments’

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Where the media falls down so badly so often is in its approach to stories. Slanted and misleading headlines, hyperbolic and unsubstantiated reporting that’s short on facts and long on opinion, and manufactured outrage probably are the worst of what stands for journalism today. But that’s simply the content that lives above the comment line. […]

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GOP tax reforms stoke debate in states with large manufacturing, agriculture sectors

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Illinois, Michigan, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

A congressional panel last week spotlighted how federal tax reform could help small businesses, but one possible component of the GOP reform plans would cost businesses an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Though a hearing scheduled Thursday by the Tax Policy Subcommittee will highlight how tax reform could strengthen economic growth nationwide, one […]

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Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much

By   /  July 12, 2017  /  Illinois, Michigan, News, Ohio, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities. The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card gave Illinois a “C+” for the overall health of its manufacturing industries, but the […]

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