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Governor Candidates Support Immigrant Licenses
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:26 AM
The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they support a law allowing immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses. State Sen. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford were asked about the new law during a debate Tuesday in Chicago. The Legislature approved the measure last year. Brady ...
IL Bill Could Mean Interest-free College Loans
Monday, March 03, 2014 1:46 AM
An Illinois state lawmaker says he's sponsoring legislation that would give what could amount to interest-free loans to college students. Democratic state Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea tells the Belleville News-Democrat that House Bill 5323 would direct the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to study a pay-it-forward type of loan program. Under it, students attending ...
Early Primary Voting Begins in Illinois
Monday, March 03, 2014 1:41 AM
It's the first day of early voting in Illinois, but Gov. Pat Quinn isn't going to the polls. The Chicago Democrat told The Associated Press on Monday that he likes to vote on Election Day. The primary is March 18. Election officials say they're not predicting a high turnout, and voters have trickled into polling places, with totals lower than two years ago, when there was a ...
Watchdog Group Releases Plan to Fix State Budget
Sunday, March 02, 2014 3:30 AM
A government watchdog group says Illinois should keep its temporary income tax increase in place for a year longer than initially promised and begin taxing retirement income to dig the state out of a budget hole. The Chicago-based Civic Federation says its five-year plan would allow the state to pay off its $5.4 billion backlog of unpaid bills and avoid budget cuts. The 47-page ...
Unclear How Quinn Will Pay for Early Education
Saturday, February 01, 2014 11:00 AM
Governor Pat Quinn says expanding Illinois' early childhood education programs should be one of the state's top priorities, but he hasn't detailed how to pay for them. Some lawmakers say Quinn's "Birth to Five" initiative's success is tied to the ongoing tax and spend debate that's expected to dominate this year's legislative agenda. State Senator Pam Althoff of McHenry says a decision on ...
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