The Urbana City Building

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June 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Urbana City Officials Are Trying To Remedy A Structural Deficit In Their Budget. What Is That?

For the second year in a row, Urbana's budget plan includes spending cuts meant to address a structural deficit. They'll be part of the discussion on Monday June 10 at 7 PM, when the Urbana City Council holds a public hearing on the budget proposal, followed by a discussion and vote in its Committee of the Whole meeting (a final city council vote is scheduled for June 17). But what's a structural deficit?

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June 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinoisans To Pay More Tax When Shopping Online

Illinoisans are likely to have to pay more sales tax when shopping online after state lawmakers made two big changes to tax rules. State tax collections are expected to increase by $288 million this year.

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June 06, 2019 - The 21st Show

Under The Radar Bills; Purchased Lives At The Holocaust Museum; Chicago Summer Music

There are more than 70,000 people in the trucking industry here in Illinois. How will the doubling of the gas tax affect them? That’s one of hundreds of bills passed this legislative session under the radar. We’ll talk about some of them. Also, we’ll get a tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibit. It focuses on the dangerous journeys that slaves made after they already got to America. And, it finally feels like summer! We’ve got a preview of some great summer music acts for you to check out.

House Speaker Michael Madigan speaking to colleagues and Governor J.B. Pritzker

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June 02, 2019 - News Local/State

Budget Done — Building And Gambling Plans To Go

Illinoisans will soon pay more for gasoline and cigarettes. Those are just two tax increases needed to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, which includes money from sports betting and additional casinos.

Construction workers are building the foundation for new tracks at a train crossing at Ash and Third streets in Springfield. The city is hoping for money in an infrastructure bill to pay for the rest of the project.

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May 31, 2019 - News Local/State

Why There’s A Push To Change How Illinois Funds Road Projects

For decades, lawmakers would trade votes to get a new bridge in their district for a tough vote on a tax increase to fund infrastructure. But legislators are considering a proposal to get rid of that practice.

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May 30, 2019 - The 21st Show

Lawmakers’ Ties To Video Gambling; McDonald’s Walkouts And Lawsuits; Artisans Of Illinois

As lawmakers consider raising taxes on the video gambling industry, ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ report on several powerful lawmakers from both parties who have direct financial ties to the industry. Plus, last week, activists and workers’ rights groups organized walkouts and filed lawsuits against McDonald’s, for everything from higher wages, union rights, and reports of violence in the workplace. And, if you’re planning to hit the road for the perfect summer day trip, we’ll speak with some of the artisans and restaurateurs featured as Illinois makers.

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