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‘SUCCESSFUL’ SPRINGFIELD SEASON

Illinois General Assembly sessions often go deep into June and include plenty of finger pointing and partisanship. Not in 2018. Statehouse business concluded just days after Memorial Day this year, leaving stacks of legislation on the governor’s desk for signature, including a budget passed convincingly by both chambers and already signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner…. read more

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LAWMAKERS MOVE TO BLOCK TAX CHANGE

Republican senators at the Illinois statehouse are working to block any move to change the state’s method of taxing income. Currently, several measures backed by Democrats at the statehouse would ask voters to change the tax structure to a progressive tax; the state constitution requires income to be taxed at a flat rate. (Illinois News… read more

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REDISTRICTING RESOLUTION

Illinois Farm Bureau is among the groups that support amending the state constitution and creating an independent redistricting coalition. The Illinois Redistricting Collaborative wants to put the matter before voters on the November ballot. The amendment would change the way legislative and congressional districts are drawn in Illinois. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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GUN CONTROL BILLS ADVANCE

A range of gun control measures passed the Illinois House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, setting the table for votes before the full House and Senate on Wednesday. The bills would ban body armor and high-capacity gun magazines, address mental health issues, and raise the legal age for buying assault weapons. (The State Journal-Register)

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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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