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Necessary but impossible cuts face IL in Medicaid

Necessary but impossible cuts face IL in Medicaid

March 23, 2012 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Gov.  Pat Quinn   has a dilemma. The state constitution requires him to balance his budget.

IL lawmakers avoid tough calls as elections approach

IL lawmakers avoid tough calls as elections approach

March 15, 2012 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers have avoided making the tough calls on major reforms, they confess are needed, in an election year — when all seats are up for grabs.

March primaries decide many Illinois races

March primaries decide many Illinois races

[unable to retrieve full-text content]By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News   SPRINGFIELD — The winners for 35 state Senate seats in Illinois will be determined months before the general election on Nov. 7.

IL campaign contribution limits challenged

IL campaign contribution limits challenged

[unable to retrieve full-text content]By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News   SPRINGFIELD — Campaign contribution limits in Illinois are being tested in federal court only a year after being enacted.

Increased IL higher ed funding goes to pensions

Increased IL higher ed funding goes to pensions

January 24, 2012 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — llinois’ 12 percent increase in higher education spending this year isn’t going to benefit students. Instead, the additional funding for fiscal 2012 is going into the  State Universities Retirement System ,  or SURS, to address its underfunded pension program.

IL lawmakers set to push for school vouchers, again

IL lawmakers set to push for school vouchers, again

January 18, 2012 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Riding the wave of a victory in school reform last year, education activists are gearing up for another push this spring, this time for school vouchers.

Fed crackdown on online food stamp fraud empowers IL

Fed crackdown on online food stamp fraud empowers IL

December 7, 2011 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD —The federal government is trying to crack down on   abuse of food stamp benefits, as the cost of the nationwide program continues to climb toward record heights.

Congress could help states collect online sales taxes

Congress could help states collect online sales taxes

December 1, 2011 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Illinoisans who buy the latest best-selling book as a Christmas gift on Amazon.com  will pay $12.99. Buy the same book at a local bookstore and they’ll pay an extra 81 cents.

Cash flows ahead of likely vote on smart grid

Cash flows ahead of likely vote on smart grid

October 17, 2011 By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ two largest utility providers have given $116,400 to the campaign warchests of lawmakers just weeks before the Legislature is expected to address a contentious rate-hike veto.

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