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

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

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

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Education week in review: confusing school consolidation, free union rent

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
From legally questionable free office space for teachers unions in Philadelphia to a Los Angeles, where a court ruling means the city’s school district will have to provide more space for charter schools, it’s been a busy week in education news.
Watchdog.org covered it all.
Vermont: consolidation and confusion
A confused and confusing plan […]

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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

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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 Jonathan Williams told […]

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State’s business climate contributes to closures

By   /  April 6, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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Scott Reeder is Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network.

By: Scott Reeder | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Ever read a news story that gives you a sinking feeling, because it just hits too close to home?
That’s how I was feeling the other day when I read about the steel plant closing in Granite City, Illinois.
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Illinois proposes taking Obamacare to prison

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

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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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Auditor says DCFS still struggling in many areas

By   /  April 3, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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A state report found The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services failed to correct more than a dozen problems found in past audits.

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services failed to correct more than a dozen problems found in past audits — some dating back […]

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