Governor, Lisa Madigan differ on legality of payroll without budget

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — If there’s no budget come July 1, state workers must show up for work and they will be paid, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday in a memo to employees.
Also on Monday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued her own statement on the matter of payroll, essentially saying Rauner might […]

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Signs of movement few in Springfield

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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With two weeks to go before the fiscal year runs out and no budget in place for the one that starts July 1, the House and Senate spent much of the day on non-budget hearings.

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Feds back defaulted loans for luxury businesses like Lamborghini dealers

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Federal Government, Illinois, National, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Part 1 of 3 in the series Luxury Loans

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
The Small Business Administration recently got into the Lamborghini business not once, but twice –– just two of more than $8.7  billion worth of failed loan guarantees that potentially left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion,  a Watchdog.org investigation found.
Since 2009, SBA lenders charged […]

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Black business group blasts the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, National, New York, News, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

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A recent study claims that Hispanics and African-Americans will be disproportionately hurt by the economics of the proposed EPA Clean Power Plan.

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Illinois’ budget battle: Tax hikes vs. reform

By   /  June 15, 2015  /  Illinois, Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Nathaniel Hamilton | Watchdog Opinion
It’s overtime at the Illinois Statehouse. A battle over the state budget has forced a stalemate and extended legislative session at the Capitol. The opposing fronts of the debate are the Republican governor, who is pushing for spending reforms, and Democratic legislators, who have an end game of raising taxes.
Democratic lawmakers […]

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Rauner, Dems still butting heads

By   /  June 10, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Another day in Springfield passed Tuesday without a visible inch of movement in the deadlock between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats.
The Republican governor Tuesday afternoon decried a pair of House votes and a full-Senate hearing as “a waste of time.”
“That’s not a sincere focus on the […]

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