Disgraced Illinois congressman still costing taxpayers

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Add an election that could cost in the millions to the taxpayer tab from Aaron Schock’s fall from grace.

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Mo’ money, mo’ problems? Illinois schools prefer flexibility and fewer mandates

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Education, Illinois, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois schools look to absorb a $150 million budget cut, local districts are asking for two things: flexibility and a break from state mandates.
“I personally wish they would just stop throwing things at school districts,” El Paso-Gridley Superintendent Mike Lindy said.
Lindy’s schools, and the nearly 900 other school districts […]

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Six percent of students could cost Illinois nearly $1 billion

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Illinois, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Students and parents in Illinois are upset over a standardized test that’s tied to nearly $1 billion in federal money.

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Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards — Most important policy is coming from the states, not DC (and that’s a good thing)

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Federal Government, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Ben Yount | Watchdog Radio
This is “In Our Backyards,” Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.
We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because local officials can […]

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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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PA House Republican leader says property tax relief bill coming

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said a property tax relief bill will include discussions about reductions and elimination.

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