HUD backs millions in loans on projects worth a fraction of the debt

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Federal Government, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, News, North Carolina, Ohio, Open Records, Taxes, Washington  /  No Comments

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Despite a warning from its economist, HUD went forward with a loan guarantee for an upscale retirement development that defaulted, leaving taxpayers on the hook for nearly $50 million.

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Nanny State of the Week: Chicago aims to toughen ineffective plastic bag ban

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  Accountability, Illinois, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

AMERICAN NANNY:

Six months after passing a plastic bag ban, the city of Chicago is planning to step-up enforcement against those crinkly bandits blowing through the streets

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Gov. Rauner pushes big changes to Illinois in State of the State address

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Illinois, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In his State of the State address, Gov. Bruce Rauner called for big changes to Illinois and reached across the aisle on pension reform.

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Illinois Treasurer to invest $220 million to spur tech jobs

By   /  January 27, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Illinois, Jobs + Growth  /  No Comments

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The state Treasurer of Illinois is planning to direct $220 million in state investments toward bringing tech jobs to the state.

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Still no budget in Illinois, but pension reform deal in the works

By   /  January 26, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Illinois, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Senate President John Cullerton are back on the same page regarding pension reform. But can their deal pass?

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Illinois continues to shed jobs as unemployment rate ticks up

By   /  January 25, 2016  /  Illinois, Jobs + Growth, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Illinois’ unemployment rate is moving up as it struggles to recover from economic problems made worse by the state’s business climate.

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