Graphs showing tax brackets.
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December 16, 2017

CHART: How The New Version Of The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect You

On Friday evening, congressional Republicans released the final version of their tax overhaul plan. Below are two charts showing how individual filers could be affected if this bill is passed and signed into law.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that Republicans had the votes to pass a sweeping overhaul of the country's tax code. The measure passed early Saturday morning.
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December 02, 2017

Senate Republicans Pass Massive Tax Overhaul

The Senate narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday morning following a day of procedural delays and frustration.


Illustration of piggy bank and dollar signs with the word retirement.
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November 20, 2017

Changes to Pension System Spells Uncertainty For Teachers

A recent report shows Illinois is facing a teacher shortage. But changes to teachers’ pensions — including cutbacks on the state’s share of contributions — spells uncertainty for anyone going into the profession.


A chart of income tax rates.
Alyson Hurt and Danielle Kurtzleben/NPR
November 03, 2017

CHART: How The Tax Overhaul Would Affect You

House Republicans have put forward their first stab at a tax overhaul bill, and while some parts have been long-promised — fewer brackets, a steep corporate tax cut — there were a few surprises, like the fact that the new bill doesn't touch 401(k) savings rules.


A chasm.
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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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