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Rauner state schools’ chief calls for $1,500 per household tax hike – Prairie State Wire

Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and an expert in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, said that little evidence exists to support claims of success with an evidence-based school funding system.

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Instead of property tax relief measure, Illinois lawmakers file tax reform sidestep – INN

Want to make tax payments deductible as charitable contributions through the "Illinois Excellence Fund."

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Rauner Will ‘Step-Down’ Tax Hike to Close Gap – Associated Press

Comment: Can't wait to see how. The budget for the year starting July 1 already looks to be unbalanced by about $3 billion.

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Illinois Politicians React to the Federal Shutdown – NBC Chicago

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How senators voted to end government shutdown – CNN

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Illinois comptroller can now seize local funds for late pension payments – INN

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Other Highlighted Illinois Stories

Farmers face tough decisions as yields increase but prices drop – INN

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Illinois News Network Acquired by Franklin Center for Government – INN

Comment: Let's hope it means continuing success of INN. They've produced lots of great work we link to here on topics being ignored by other media.

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To Beat the Carp, Eat the Carp – MyWebTimes

A new Illinois plan to control Asian carp numbers requires transferring the fish from the river to the plate.

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Rauner Takes Aim at State Lawmakers Who Appeal Property… — ProPublica

But the Illinois governor's effort may have little impact on the system.

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Some Illinois hospitals brace for Medicaid funding cuts – Associated Press

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Illinois lawmakers hold hearing on marijuana legalization – Associated Press

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Sangamon County should get first dibs on state jobs, lawmaker says – State Journal-Register

Seeking to address longstanding fears of state jobs being poached from Springfield, a local lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require most new and vacant positions to be located in Sangamon County. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Leland Grove, said the legislation, House Bill 4295, would make Springfield and the county the default location for employees of most state agencies and the governor’s office.

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Lawmakers push to give one of Illinois’ most highly taxed counties the ability to cut property taxes through consolidation – INN

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Less than full-year budget concerns Central Illinois lawmakers – Herald & Review

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MSNBC producer’s errant email reveals ‘so many’ at network proud of Sen. Durbin’s ‘courage’ and ‘integrity’ – Washington Examiner

"Life tip: Double-check the recipient line before hitting 'send' on that email. Or alternatively, just behave like a professional."

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Shutdown ends. Congressman Davis says politics, not policy were at the heart of it – INN

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Big changes in Illinois school choice for this year’s National School Choice Week – INN

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New legislative session will bring new efforts on pension reform – State Journal-Register

Comment: Fluff and quackery.

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Ives dismisses Rauner’s do-nothing Executive Order as political ploy – IL Policy

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Cook County judge orders lawsuit against Rauner ‘made open to the public’ – Chicago Sun-Times

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Percent of population who describes their state as the “Worst possible state to live in” – Gallup

https://i1.wp.com/i.imgur.com/o835b7B.png?resize=283%2C188&ssl=1Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Gutierrez: Let Trump build ‘offensive’ wall if 800K DACA recipients stay protected – Fox Chicago

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1,000 years ago, Illinois had the largest city in what would become the U.S. – Daily Herald

This is an artist's depiction of the central plaza in a city of 20,000 or more people that flourished 1,000 years ago at what is now the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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Illinois taxpayers deserve to know how their money’s spent – Editorial – Quad-City Times

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration went out of its way to provide cover for several firms contracted to manage a briskly enacted privatization of Illinois' massive Medicaid program.

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Pritzker Under Fire As Dem Candidates Meet With Tribune – CBS Chicago

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Candidates must face pension issue – Editorial – Northwest Herald

Candidates for governor all ignoring the biggest factor in Illinois' crisis.

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Pritzker Under Fire As Dem Candidates Meet With Tribune – CBS Chicago

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Illinois’ Democratic candidates for governor pressed on how high they would raise taxes – INN

Comment: No answer, basically. Far too vague.

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IL Minority Leader Brady sees a very tough year trying to balance the state’s budget – WJBC

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Rauner Starts New Policy Blog – Policy POV

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Bost, Shimkus and Davis blame shutdown on Senate Dems; Durbin blames Trump – News-Democrat

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Illinois Commerce Commission flirts with uselessness – Editorial – Crain’s

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Illinois lawmakers push for recreational cannabis legalization – Fox IL

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Local residents talk race one year into Trump presidency; some optimistic about future – The Southern

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Southern Illinois farmers see improvements, hope for more under Trump presidency – The Southern

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Local impact of government shutdown – IL Homepage

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Hospitals worry about closures, layoffs as they brace for Medicaid funding changes – Chicago Tribune

At issue is the state’s hospital assessment program, which distributes about $3.5 billion in Medicaid funding to 200 hospitals across Illinois. That’s more than half of the institutions’ total Medicaid money. The problem is that the formula hasn’t been updated in over a decade and still bases the amount hospitals pay and receive on 2005 inpatient data and 2009 outpatient data, which officials say doesn’t reflect how and where Medicaid recipients are currently getting their care.

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Illinois Tollway withdraws proposal for $9 million contract after comptroller complaint – Chicago Tribune

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Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter retires – INN

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Top Chicago Stories

Chicago area transit’s capital needs far exceed its funding – The Bond Buyer/SourceMedia

The Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois has begun laying the groundwork for a campaign to raise public funds to fully fund $30 billion of priority projects over the next decade.

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An Insurgent Campaign Is Targeting the Very Heart of the Chicago Democratic Machine — and Just Might Win – The Intercept

A primary race for control of the Cook County Assessor’s Office — between a political novice, Fritz Kaegi, and one of the most powerful figures in Chicago politics, Joseph Berrios — is turning into a genuine slugfest, pitting the city’s ascendant progressive bloc against the old guard of the Democratic machine.

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4 Cook County Board members missed 25% or more meetings in past 5 years – Chicago Sun-Times

Commissioner Bridget Gainer had the worst attendance record, records show. The North Side Democrat missed 162 of 504 meetings of the board and its committees — nearly a third of the official meetings she was supposed to attend in the past five years.

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Other Highlighted Chicago Stories

Tax winnings in hand, Chase shares some with 2,700-plus local workers – Crain’s

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Luxury condos led boom in million-dollar sales in 2017 – Crain’s

In the Chicago area, 2,658 homes sold for $1 million or more during the year, according to a report released this week by ReMax Northern Illinois. That's an increase of nearly 10 percent over 2016's total, 2,423, and the largest number of million-and-up sales on record for any year.

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Chicago Stock Exchange bidders may seek extension – Crain’s

A group of investors seeking to purchase the Chicago Stock Exchange, including some from China, are willing to pay $27 million for the small bourse, but they many need more time to get the deal done.

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Rauner takes new jab at Madigan on property tax appeals, but impact likely limited – Chicago Tribune

Rauner’s executive order seeking to bar state lawmakers from representing clients before a board that hears property tax appeals is largely symbolic, state data suggest, revealing how limited the Republican governor’s options are for changing the system.

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Preckwinkle favors legalizing pot, points to racial disparities in enforcement – Chicago Sun-Times

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Underdog with hard-to-spell name launches write-in campaign against Madigan – WGN

The 31-year-old, openly gay, Polish immigrant and Princeton PhD candidate says all he wanted to do was run for political office, but in Illinois it’s been an uphill battle every step of the way.

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How historic Pullman became a national model for community revitalization – Chicago Sun-Times

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Good news for Chicago tech – Points and Figures

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More Chicago Property Tax Anomalies – Chicago Now

Ken Griffin's property taxes on that 66th floor unit is based upon an assessed value of just under $7.9 MM, roughly half of what the property was worth at the bottom of the market! But wait...it gets even better. The 2017 assessed value for George Lucas' penthouse is only $861,900, corresponding to roughly a $17,000 tax bill! I didn't know The Force could do that for you.

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Six Chicago public schools getting washers and dryers to help students in need – Chicago Sun-Times

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Chicago City Council approves $5.5 million TIF subsidy for private health provider – Illinois Policy

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About 300K attend 2nd Women’s March Chicago, exceeding last year, organizers say – ABC Chicago

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What a federal government shutdown means in Chicago – Chicago Tribune

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Sales tax securitization delay gives Chicago time to fiddle with structure – The Bond Buyer/SourceMedia

The city has promoted the legal case for the bankruptcy-remote structure. The city’s share of sales taxes that flow from the state -- $660 million in 2016 – goes directly from the state to the corporation. The state legislation, ordinance and bond documents all approved last year offer protections such as a statutory lien and non-impairment provisions on the pledged revenues.

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Ex-Markham mayor pleads guilty to $300,000 bribery scheme, may go to prison – Daily Southtown

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Appeals court to hear arguments on sanctuary cities today – Associated Press

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Archdiocese of Chicago to close 5 Catholic schools – ABC Chicago

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Rent Control in Chicago: The Cases For and Against It – WTTW

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Chicago Plan Commission approves 1,011-foot River North skyscraper – Curbed Chicago

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What Could Hurt Chicago’s Bid For Amazon’s HQ2? – WBEZ

Hmm. 'Lemme think.

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If Mayor Rahm really wanted to stop poor people from leaving Chicago, he’d stop giving TIF handouts to corporations |- Chicago Reader

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Parents scrambling after word of Catholic school closings – Chicago Tribune

Officials Wednesday night announced that Incarnation, St. Cyprian School in River Grove, Holy Cross School in Deerfield and Our Lady of the Ridge School in Chicago Ridge would close, along with St. Michael School on Chicago’s Far South Side, at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

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Suburbs eye new Apple campus announced Wednesday – Daily Herald

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‘What a Loathsome Little Demagogue You Are’: Tucker Carlson Blasts Chicago Alderman Over Illegal Immigration – Fox News

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Chicago’s offer to Amazon: $2.25 billion in incentives – Crain’s

The city and state have offered Amazon an incentive package worth up to $2.25 billion and perhaps a bit more if it brings its prized second headquarters and a promised 50,000 well-paying jobs here, a source close to the matter is saying.

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Amazon narrows list of candidates for new headquarters to 20, Chicago makes the cut – CNBC

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City Council approves $5.5M Presence Health subsidy after emotional debate – Chicago Sun-Times

A divided City Council on Wednesday signed off on a $5.5 million subsidy to Illinois’ largest Catholic health system, in spite of Presence Health’s anti-abortion policy, after an emotionally charged debate that focused on the volatile issues of race and a woman’s right to choose.

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Chicago postpones $898 million bond sale, eyes new structure – Reuters

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Paul Vallas ‘seriously considering’ mayoral run against Rahm Emanuel: report – Chicago Sun-Times

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Did Cook County’s failed soda tax cause sales taxes to fizzle, too? – Daily Herald

Cook County's short-lived penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages not only failed to bring in as much revenue as projected, but it might also have cost the county millions in sales tax revenue as consumers crossed county and state lines to buy their groceries.

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From What Planet Is IL School Superintendent? Wants Another $7.2 Billion In Upcoming Budget – Wirepoints Original

Illinois K-12 Superintendent Tony Smith says he wants $7.2 billion more in funding right now – not over ten years. His demand reveals the complete disconnect between Illinois’ education bureaucracy and the real world.  

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Pritzker: Let Cities Dictate What The Rent Should Be – Wirepoints Original

The dumbest policy proposal yet from a major candidate in Illinois' race for governor.

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Illinois Treasurer Shoots Self In Foot Defending Activist Social Investing – Wirepoints Original

If you're going to claim that "socially responsible investing" is the right way to manage money, you might want to check the stock price before bragging about an example. Over $20 billion of shareholder value lost in an instant.

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Lakewood’s Serwatka shows what reform-oriented leadership could do for Illinois – Wirepoints Original

To see what a reform-oriented Illinois might look like under different state leadership, just look at the small village of Lakewood, Illinois. Since a new board was elected last year, the village has abolished its TIF, reduced the village’s property tax levy and even returned some tax dollars back to residents located in the terminated TIF.

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Quicktakes

New session will bring new efforts at pension reform? Ha! – Quicktake

Get this through your head, Illinois: The only ways to significantly reduce our state and local unfunded pension liabilities is through either 1) amending...

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Fire them: Illinois’ top educrats teach fiscal fantasy by proposing utterly impossible budget – Quicktake

Get real, ISBE. Last year's $5 billion tax increase wasn't close to enough, says ISBE, the Illinois State Board of Education. Schools need another $7.2...

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Chris Kennedy’s appalling response to Jeanne Ives – Quicktake

"We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit...

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Sham panacea of progressive income tax starts getting exposed – Quicktake

There's a simple reason why Illinois Democratic candidates for governor don't get specific about the progressive income tax they all want: The numbers immediately...

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Can Illinois Democrats’ two-faced campaign strategy continue? – Quicktake

Which is it? 1) The sky isn't falling and there's nothing a tax increase won't fix, or 2) The sky is falling but it's...

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Lackluster monthly report on state revenue from COGFA – Quicktake

The monthly report for December is out from Illinois' Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. It includes a comparison of state revenues for the fiscal...

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A shameless election stunt but we’ll take it: LLC filing fees lowered – Quicktake

Lots of articles recently on the new law lowering the punitive fees Illinois charged for starting a new business by forming a limited liability...

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Wisconsin Foxconn handouts demonstrate peril of business “incentives” in Illinois – Wirepoints Original

Wisconsin's residents are now finding out that the price tag for the Foxconn deal is $4 billion, much higher than Wisconsin politicians originally advertised. That should serve as a warning to Illinoisans. In this state politicians like House Speaker Mike Madigan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner pick winners and losers directly with taxpayer dollars.

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Illinois Treasurer Frerichs Playing Activist Shareholder With College Savers’ Money – Wirepoints Original

It's not his mission and they aren't his shares. It's bad policy and a dangerous precedent.

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What if Illinois manufacturing had grown at the pace of its neighboring states? – Wirepoints Original

Illinois’ manufacturing recovery has been paltry. The state would have 150,000 more jobs if it had followed the same recovery path that Michigan has taken.

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Illinois’ manufacturing sector stagnates while neighboring states recover – Wirepoints Original

Illinois’ manufacturing sector is going to need a lot more than just federal tax relief to get growing again. The number of manufacturing jobs in the state has collapsed by more than 300,000 jobs since the turn of the century and there’s been little sign of recovery since the end of the Great Recession.

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Chicago’s Best News Piece Of News In 2017 – Wirepoints Original

Huge drop in the number of teenage mothers. Maybe the cycle of poverty is finally breaking.

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Illinois Comptroller: Moving Debt From One Credit Card To Another Is ‘A Win Win Win’ – Wirepoints Original

Illinois will start the new year heading straight into the abyss with it's foot firmly on the gas pedal. Nobody in government is saying how bad it is, including two who are in particularly good positions to do so -- Comptroller Mendoza and Governor Rauner.

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Turmoil Grows Over Disparity In Rules For Prepayment Of Property Taxes – Wirepoints Original

What a mess! A tax matter of immediate importance to many property owners — prepayment of property taxes — is rapidly descending into chaos and unfairness.

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Illinois News Network Acquired by Franklin Center for Government – INN

Comment: Let's hope it means continuing success of INN. They've produced lots of great work we link to here on topics being ignored by other media.

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MSNBC producer’s errant email reveals ‘so many’ at network proud of Sen. Durbin’s ‘courage’ and ‘integrity’ – Washington Examiner

"Life tip: Double-check the recipient line before hitting 'send' on that email. Or alternatively, just behave like a professional."

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Andy Shaw Stepping Down From Day-To-Day Management Of BGA This Year – Better Government Association

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Facebook Introducing Sweeping Changes: Will Prioritze Only “Trustworthy” News – Zero Hedge

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From What Planet Is IL School Superintendent? Wants Another $7.2 Billion In Upcoming Budget – Wirepoints Original

Illinois K-12 Superintendent Tony Smith says he wants $7.2 billion more in funding right now – not over ten years. His demand reveals the complete disconnect between Illinois’ education bureaucracy and the real world.  

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Pritzker: Let Cities Dictate What The Rent Should Be – Wirepoints Original

The dumbest policy proposal yet from a major candidate in Illinois' race for governor.

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Illinois Treasurer Shoots Self In Foot Defending Activist Social Investing – Wirepoints Original

If you're going to claim that "socially responsible investing" is the right way to manage money, you might want to check the stock price before bragging about an example. Over $20 billion of shareholder value lost in an instant.

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Quicktakes

New session will bring new efforts at pension reform? Ha! – Quicktake

Get this through your head, Illinois: The only ways to significantly reduce our state and local unfunded pension liabilities is through either 1) amending...

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Fire them: Illinois’ top educrats teach fiscal fantasy by proposing utterly impossible budget – Quicktake

Get real, ISBE. Last year's $5 billion tax increase wasn't close to enough, says ISBE, the Illinois State Board of Education. Schools need another $7.2...

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Chris Kennedy’s appalling response to Jeanne Ives – Quicktake

"We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit...

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Top Illinois Stories

Rauner state schools’ chief calls for $1,500 per household tax hike – Prairie State Wire

Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and an expert in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, said that little evidence exists to support claims of success with an evidence-based school funding system.

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Instead of property tax relief measure, Illinois lawmakers file tax reform sidestep – INN

Want to make tax payments deductible as charitable contributions through the "Illinois Excellence Fund."

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Rauner Will ‘Step-Down’ Tax Hike to Close Gap – Associated Press

Comment: Can't wait to see how. The budget for the year starting July 1 already looks to be unbalanced by about $3 billion.

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Illinois Politicians React to the Federal Shutdown – NBC Chicago

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How senators voted to end government shutdown – CNN

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Illinois comptroller can now seize local funds for late pension payments – INN

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Other Illinois News

Farmers face tough decisions as yields increase but prices drop – INN

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Illinois News Network Acquired by Franklin Center for Government – INN

Comment: Let's hope it means continuing success of INN. They've produced lots of great work we link to here on topics being ignored by other media.

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To Beat the Carp, Eat the Carp – MyWebTimes

A new Illinois plan to control Asian carp numbers requires transferring the fish from the river to the plate.

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Rauner Takes Aim at State Lawmakers Who Appeal Property… — ProPublica

But the Illinois governor's effort may have little impact on the system.

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Ives vows cost-cutting—but says income tax hike to stay for now – Crain’s

Comment: This is a balanced summary of Ives' views on the budget and taxes.

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Top Chicago Stories

Chicago area transit’s capital needs far exceed its funding – The Bond Buyer/SourceMedia

The Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois has begun laying the groundwork for a campaign to raise public funds to fully fund $30 billion of priority projects over the next decade.

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An Insurgent Campaign Is Targeting the Very Heart of the Chicago Democratic Machine — and Just Might Win – The Intercept

A primary race for control of the Cook County Assessor’s Office — between a political novice, Fritz Kaegi, and one of the most powerful figures in Chicago politics, Joseph Berrios — is turning into a genuine slugfest, pitting the city’s ascendant progressive bloc against the old guard of the Democratic machine.

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4 Cook County Board members missed 25% or more meetings in past 5 years – Chicago Sun-Times

Commissioner Bridget Gainer had the worst attendance record, records show. The North Side Democrat missed 162 of 504 meetings of the board and its committees — nearly a third of the official meetings she was supposed to attend in the past five years.

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Tax winnings in hand, Chase shares some with 2,700-plus local workers – Crain’s

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Luxury condos led boom in million-dollar sales in 2017 – Crain’s

In the Chicago area, 2,658 homes sold for $1 million or more during the year, according to a report released this week by ReMax Northern Illinois. That's an increase of nearly 10 percent over 2016's total, 2,423, and the largest number of million-and-up sales on record for any year.

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Chicago Stock Exchange bidders may seek extension – Crain’s

A group of investors seeking to purchase the Chicago Stock Exchange, including some from China, are willing to pay $27 million for the small bourse, but they many need more time to get the deal done.

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Rauner takes new jab at Madigan on property tax appeals, but impact likely limited – Chicago Tribune

Rauner’s executive order seeking to bar state lawmakers from representing clients before a board that hears property tax appeals is largely symbolic, state data suggest, revealing how limited the Republican governor’s options are for changing the system.

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Preckwinkle favors legalizing pot, points to racial disparities in enforcement – Chicago Sun-Times

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Illinois News Network Acquired by Franklin Center for Government – INN

Comment: Let's hope it means continuing success of INN. They've produced lots of great work we link to here on topics being ignored by other media.

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MSNBC producer’s errant email reveals ‘so many’ at network proud of Sen. Durbin’s ‘courage’ and ‘integrity’ – Washington Examiner

"Life tip: Double-check the recipient line before hitting 'send' on that email. Or alternatively, just behave like a professional."

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Andy Shaw Stepping Down From Day-To-Day Management Of BGA This Year – Better Government Association

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