Paying off debt top of mind when extra cashflow comes in

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


When it comes to what Illinoisans would do if extra money came their way, paying off debt tops the list.

By: Lesley Nickus | Illinois News NetworkCHICAGO — Given the chance to have more cash in hand, most people people in the U.S. would pay down debt, according to a recent poll by the National Foundation […]

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Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Education, Finances, Illinois, Lobbying, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000.

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Rauner says 2015 budget fix nearing – but he’s thought that before

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he thought a budget fix is ‘days away’ but admits he has thought that before.

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he continues to believe a bipartisan fix for the 2015 budget hole — about $1.6 billion — is nearing.
“We’ve had various […]

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Being an organ donor can save lives

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


Dan, left, Scott Reeder’s brother was the recipient of an organ donation.

By: Scott Reeder | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The phone call came early in the morning. It was my mother and she was crying.
Mom didn’t weep easily.
But that day her tears were happy ones.
A donor liver had come through for my brother, Dan, who […]

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Rauner opens the floor, takes some heat

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkNORMAL — Gov. Bruce Rauner ran into a rougher room than usual Monday afternoon as he pitched his “Turnaround Illinois” agenda in the Normal Town Council chambers.
While Rauner certainly had supporters present, a big portion of the overflowing audience was made up of university professionals, organized […]

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Lawmaker, unions at odds over tuition waivers

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — A suburban legislator has softened his proposal to end a partial tuition waiver for the children of state university personnel, but influential unions remain opposed.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Oswego, is the sponsor of House Bill 403, which would end the 50-percent tuition waiver for children of university […]

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