Kirk sent a letter to V.A. Secy. McDonald with additional information from a key whistleblower at the Hines V.A. Hospital that further details a pervasive culture of corruption and retaliation within the hospital.
Illinois’ operating revenues, which are expected to decline this year due to the partial rollback of State income tax rates, exceeded expectations in FY2014, the last full year of the increased income tax rates.
“In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn’s terrible approval rating and the state’s struggling economy threaten his reelection efforts. We are now making venture capitalist Bruce Rauner the favorite in Illinois, changing the rating from Toss-up to Leans Republican,” writes Politico.
The Service Employees International Union has been organizing protests by and in support of fast food workers. While the protests have focused publicly on the demand for a $15 per hour wage, the real goal of the movement is for the SEIU to unionize fast food workers.
Is the millionaire tax calculated to draw loads of voters to the polls, including the hugely important education union bloc, and pump them to such a mood that they'll vote Democratic all the way across the ticket?
Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.
A group pushing for term limits Illinois politicians has filed a court appeal to get their question on November's ballot. If the appellate court doesn't reverse the ruling, the committee wants the court to urge the Illinois Supreme Court to change an earlier decision.
"Farmers' (Insurance) climate change suit, as outrageous as it was, should be taken seriously as a potential legal strategy by insurers and other business interests to foist their legal liabilities onto towns and taxpayers for weather related damages, arguing it was 'climate change'," said Cook County local government attorney Michael Del Galdo.
Bragging about an unconstitutional means to an unconstitutional end. Quinn's new ad says his stunt to withhold legislator pay, which was unconstitutional, got us the 2013 pension bill, which is probably unconstitutional in light of the recent Kanerva decision.
Why would Quinn's numbers drop while the number of those voters who are undecided increase? A separate question on the poll indicates that Quinn's support for making the 5% temporary income tax rate permanent may be having an effect.
Durbin, along with several democratic congressional members, introduced the No Federal Contracts for Corporate Deserters Act, which would ban the government from doing business with American companies trying to avoid taxes by setting up their headquarters overseas.
Adam Andrzejewski has a lot to say about the College of DuPage: wine cellars, shooting clubs, a corrupted $20 million state grant, a college president’s $500,000 comp package and $600 million in construction projects.
Despite thousands of dollars of new revenue flowing into their communities, not everyone is happy about it — and not all city leaders are betting on video gambling to shore up their often-stretched budgets.
Illinois Lottery finds itself under scrutiny after a state audit found numerous errors, inaccuracies and incomplete data. The Lottery defended itself after the audit showed errors amounting to $17.5 million.
Chicago has some great residential suburbs, but its business suburbs are weak. Places like Schaumburg and Oak Brook are just generic, unattractive edge cities of a typology that, like the enclosed mall, appears to be falling out of favor.
Metro Chicago lags behind many counterparts nationwide in the recovery of its manufacturing sector as well as the exports it fuels, says a report to be released by HSBC Bank and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Chicago Transit Authority said that during the first six months of 2014, violent crimes on buses and trains and at rail station and platforms declined more than 34 percent compared to the first half of 2013.
In 2002, 100,000 students were attending one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago, yet less than 10% were getting a degree. In 2005, One Million Degrees began helping its first group of students succeed at both degree attainment and achieving greater goals. It was spun off into a public charity in 2006.
KCBX Terminals, which stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years.
International tourists are bolstering the economies of major U.S. cities with one notable and surprising exception. Chicago, the home of deep dish pizza, blues and President Obama, has yet to see the many benefits of global tourism growth.
Some Chicagoans have been scratching their heads over a flat monthly fee the power provider is using to “more fairly allocate” costs that are usually wrapped into rates, saying they are being miscategorized as single family homes.
Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision eased restrictions on campaign finance, a stream of rich Republicans have set up super PACs to oust liberal politicians and advance conservative goals. The Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, has raised and spent $25 million on Republican candidates. Such high-profile political activity is something prominent public figures in the sports world usually avoid.
The solvency of the state and many of its cities, and their capacity to fund schools and other essential services, will depend heavily on arcane accounting assumptions set by pension trustees and pols choosing to ignore professionally established accounting principles.
This month marks the date of full implementation of new accounting rules that will dramatically worsen reported pension problems. Pensioners will be apoplectic. Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities may soar from the commonly reported $18-20 billion to $60 billion, according to one researcher.