State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is the chief sponsor of the minimum wage increase proposal.

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January 31, 2019 - News Local/State

$15 Minimum Wage Talks Begin In Springfield

Illinois lawmakers are moving quickly to draft a plan for a minimum wage increase. But, there are competing ideas on how to approach it. 


JB Pritzker and Bruce Rauner

Courtesy Pritzker and Rauner campaigns

October 03, 2018 - News Local/State

Where Do Illinois Candidates Stand On Student Debt?

Jeff Martin, a high school admission advisor for the Midwest Technical Institute, worries about the amount of college debt facing the students he talks to for a living. He should know because he was in their shoes once. Martin said he travels to high schools to talk to students about college and career choices.


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September 05, 2018 - News Local/State

New Program Automatically Connects Illinois Residents To Unclaimed Property

The new 'Money Match' program will automatically return unclaimed assetts such as life insurance proceeds, forgotten bank accounts or other benefits, to an individual taxpayer. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said taxpayer records from the Illinois Department of Revenue will now be matched with the unclaimed property program so that residents who are owed less than $2,000 will receive a check in the mail without having to file a claim with the state. 


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