House Minority Leader Jim Durkin's (R-Western Springs) hiring of Michael Mahoney, a former aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner, has the potential to cause some conflict of interest problems for WTTW, the primary public broadcasting member station in Chicago.
Illinois lost 3,700 jobs and saw another increase in its unemployment rate in August, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) presented by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) in a recent press release.
Illinois raised state income taxes by 32 percent this summer, supposedly to pay down its vendor debt, yet that debt has only increased, providing further proof that taxes will keep going up until residents take a stand, according to Edgar County Watchdogs co-founder Kirk Allen.
Some Illinois legislators are questioning the value of the recently passed public school funding measure, Senate Bill 1947, because of its generous benefits to Chicago and other school districts that are slated to receive targeted property tax relief.
Amid the more-controversial debates going on in the state Legislature the last few months, one important measure that drew little comment could be a major factor in reforming Illinois, the Better Government Association (BGA) contended recently.
Law-enforcement officers throughout Illinois have offered their support of Senate Bill 31, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law on Monday and which some have argued turns Illinois into a so-called sanctuary state.
Illinois is backing itself into a corner by refusing to mirror the reforms sweeping other states, Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) and members of the Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) said at a recent Palatine rally to spur legislation preventing frivolous lawsuits, according to a press release.
If Gov. Bruce Rauner turns Illinois into a so-called sanctuary state he will do more devastation to a conservative base that is already crumbling, host Dan Proft and callers to "Chicago's Morning Answer" radio show said recently.
The Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) issued a request for proposal (RFP) in January for comprehensive medical and mental health services for approximately 50,000 inmates even though the state has a current such contract with Wexford Health.
Illinois is one of only four states that saw an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation this year, according to the most recent data from U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.