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By Andrew Thomason Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Despite the threat of the federal government defaulting on its debt, a handful of Illinois congressmen on both sides of the aisle voted against the plan to raise the national debt ceiling and cut trillions of dollars in spending over the next decade. Their votes came in spite of wide bipartisan support for the last-minute deal, which passed the U.S.
By Benjamin Yount Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Judy Topinka is tired of signing paper checks for a $1.50 or less. The Illinois comptroller said she is sick of paying 40 cents for postage to send a check for $1.50, and described the idea of sending paper checks for small amounts as “stupid.” The Comptroller’s Office also would stop sending checks for amounts less than $5, unless a business requests a paper check.
During the past three months, families have withdrawn more than $12 million from College Illinois!, according to documents obtained by Illinois Statehouse News. Families pulled out just more than $2 million during the same period last year.
By Diane S.W. Lee Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — The future of the $1.3 billion FutureGen “clean coal” project is up in the air.
By Andrew Thomason Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Tuition for new students at the University of Illinois is going up by 6.9 percent this fall. The school’s Board of Trustees approved the increase Wednesday, citing the state’s financial troubles as the main factor behind the decision.
By Mary J. Cristobal Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD – Freshman lawmakers inherited a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.
By Melissa Leu Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Is Gov. Pat Quinn’s latest plan a cash advance from the federal government, or another multi-billion dollar borrowing plan?
By Mary J. Cristobal, Illinois Statehouse News CHICAGO – Illinois is getting on board with high-speed rail and is on track with job creation, Gov. Pat Quinn says.
By Melissa Leu Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — As Illinois lawmakers come to the halfway point, many expect there to be plenty of work on the budget before the legislative year is up. The 97th General Assembly has about two months before they depart for summer break, but any proposals that legislators want to take immediate effect must be passed before May 31 or else it will require a three-fifths vote from both houses.
March 15, 2011 Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — It may be time to get another LINK food stamp card. One Illinois lawmaker wants LINK to have the users photo on the card the next time they shop for groceries.