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IL HOUSE OKs PROPERTY TAX FREEZE

The Illinois House Wednesday approved a two-year property tax relief measure which would freeze on property taxes in Cook and the collar counties. Downstate voters also can choose a two-year freeze if they approve it by referendum. Critics say the measure is too watered down with exemptions and would shift costs to businesses and others…. read more

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STATE LEGISLATIVE VETO SESSION CONTINUES

#Illinois state lawmakers return to Springfield this week for the final round of the fall veto session. “Despite the fact that we have a budget in place and there’s great relief over that, there are serious questions on did that actually solve the problem,” said Jak Tichenor, interim director at Paul Simon Public Policy Institute… read more

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VETO SESSION UPDATE

The Illinois House was busy yesterday, working through a variety of override votes during the fall veto session. House members yesterday failed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill to a create taxpayer-funded workers’ comp company, but did overrule the governor on several issues, including the Debt Transparency Act, a bill which mandated… read more

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CHIPPING AWAY AT THE BILL BACKLOG

Gov. Bruce Rauner today will go to the bond market to begin borrowing $6 billion to help pay down nearly $16 billion in overdue state bills. The state will seek a total of $1.5 billion in tax-exempt general obligation bonds today, followed by another $4.5 billion in bonds next week. (Chicago Tribune)

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LAWMAKER EXODUS

The long-running political battle between Illinois’ Republican governor and Democratic House speaker has resulted in a war of attrition in Springfield. From Governor Rauner’s inauguration in January 2015 to the conclusion of next fall’s elections, 36 percent of seats in the House and nearly a quarter of Senate seats will have new occupants. (Chicago Tribune)

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#ILLINOIS’ BILL BACKLOG HITS $16B

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza this week announced that Illinois’ pile of unpaid bills grew to $16 billion, despite the state’s recently-passed budget. According to Abdon Pallasch, spokesman for Mendoza, school aid and pension payments this week will lower the bill backlog into the $15 billion range. Illinois has the lowest cred rating of all 50… read more

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LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TALKS ON SCHOOL FUNDING

#Illinois’ legislative leaders are set to meet again today on possible solutions to the state’s school funding impasse. The meeting, which will be held in Chicago, will include discussions on whether Chicago Public Schools can raise property taxes further and whether school districts should be required to provide daily physical education classes. (Chicago Tribune)

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IL HOUSE SCHEDULES OVERRIDE VOTE

The Illinois House next week will attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB1, the bill which outlines how the state doles out funding for schools. The House Wednesday failed to approve Democrat-sponsored legislation which affirmed Rauner’s changes, using the bill as a standard to show that the governor’s changes to the funding… read more

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#ILLINOIS: HOME OF THE IMPASSE

The second day of a special session to deal with school funding in Illinois ended after both the House and Senate met for a few minutes then adjourned without taking any action. Both chambers are scheduled to return to session Friday, though little action is expected as Senate President John Cullerton has said he won’t… read more

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HIGH NOON

Lawmakers had until noon today to send SB1, the education funding bill, to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk to avert his calling them into a special session. Not surprisingly, the Senate did not send the bill which means lawmakers will return to Springfield Wednesday for the start of their special session. Rauner has said he’ll use amendatory… read more

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