June 3, 2017

Hastert loses $28,000 State Lawmaker Pension After Vote

Two suburban members of the board governing the Illinois General Assembly’s public pension system were the only dissenters Wednesday in a vote that revokes former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s legislative pension. The five members of the seven-member board who voted to strip Hastert of his $28,000-a-year pension argued that the cover-up of sexual abuse of students he taught and …

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June 3, 2017

Dem State Senators Pass Pieces of Tax, Spending Package

Democrats in the Illinois Senate, frustrated with the state’s 22-month budget impasse, moved Wednesday to pass much of a multi-piece tax and spending plan that their Republican counterparts said wasn’t quite ready. A $36.5 billion spending plan passed out of the chamber Thursday and heads to the House. The package includes measures that would allow slot machines at Arlington Park …

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June 1, 2017

House and Rauner can Seize Rare Chance to Combat Illegal Guns

For the first time in years, an important piece of legislation to combat the flow of illegal guns in Illinois has a chance to make it through the state Legislature. We can do this, people. The bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate last week with bipartisan support, would require gun dealers to be licensed by Illinois and would encourage …

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June 1, 2017

County Officials Pledge $4 Million to Austin, South Side for Job Training for Youth

Austin and two other Chicago neighborhoods struggling with unemployment and violence will receive $4 million for youth job-training programs from the Cook County government. The money targets at-risk, 16- to 24-year-olds. Cook County lawmakers announced an initial $1 million for Austin and Back of the Yards last October. An additional $3 million was recently committed to both neighborhoods and newly …

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