In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, reaches to shake the hand of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, after delivering his first state of the state address at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois&
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
June 19, 2015

Past Due: Budget Deal Could Bring Tax Increase

Democratic lawmakers and Rauner do not appear to be close to a budget deal. But if they can work out their differences, they will likely be looking for more revenue to help close the state's massive budget deficit. That could mean higher taxes for you. 


In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
May 27, 2015

Senate Panel Rejects Rauner Worker’s Comp Proposal

The Illinois Senate began taking up parts of Governor Bruce Rauner’s pro-business agenda Wednesday.  Democrats voted along party lines to defeat a workers compensation proposal.


beautifully arranged variety of vegetables
April 16, 2015

Food Deserts Spreading In Rural Areas

The U. S. Department of Agriculture describes a food desert as: a neighborhood or town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.


January 04, 2015

Incoming Senate Chairman: Gas Tax Increase On Table

The incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says raising the federal fuel taxes is among the options under consideration to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund.  


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