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March 08, 2017

Asked About Ways To Cut Budget, Rauner Agency Heads Stay Silent

Governor Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that Senate Democrats must make “real spending cuts” in their proposed budget compromise. But just a few hours later, Rauner administration agency heads frustrated state senators by refusing to answer questions about where agencies could tighten their belts.

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February 28, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Great Pension Chasm

Now Illinois is $130 billion away from having its pension systems fully funded. The debt is the standing legacy of the 100-plus years of missed opportunity. Those contributions that Illinois never made could’ve sat in investments and banks, accruing interest and returns — namely the world’s postwar boom that has only lately started to subside. Public employees are in the political crosshairs through no fault of their own.

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