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Aug

2015

Bruce Rauner's $30,000-a-month budget consultant departs as state remains without budget

Author: Editor

Gov. Bruce Rauner's "superstar" $30,000-a-month budget consultant is leaving the administration as a stalemated state government continues without a spending plan.

Arduin's departure was confirmed Friday by Rauner budget chief Tim Nuding, who said in a statement that Arduin had "played an instrumental role in re-establishing sound economic and fiscal principles" in state government.

"She helped engineer the elimination of an inherited $1.5 billion budget deficit without a tax increase and produced an on-time budget proposal for the governor to present barely more than one month after taking office," Nuding said. "She has been an invaluable adviser to me, and I look forward to her continued advice as we work to reach a pro-growth economic and fiscal agreement for the state."

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23

Aug

2015

Editorial: Government handouts hit new low in Joliet

Author: Editor

No longer is it just corporations looking for a taxpayer subsidy. Now one local government, Joliet, is forking over $12.3 million to another local government, Will County, to build a new county courthouse in downtown Joliet.

It’s a little pathetic when Chicago throws tax breaks at big companies to convince them to stay put, but this latest deal — one local government throwing tax dollars at another local government to convince it to stay put — is plain stupid.

Will County should have decided where to build its new courthouse, replacing an existing one in Joliet, based solely on what’s best for the people who will be using that courthouse for years to come. That $12.3 million will be spent faster than a county commissioner can burp.

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23

Aug

2015

Mr. Trump’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric breeds violence

Author: Editor

DONALD TRUMP’S rapidly expanding catalogue of bombast is already a weighty tome, and it’s a fool’s errand to take each of his utterances seriously. Still, his loathsome comment on Wednesday, in which he excused violence against a Hispanic man in Boston as “passionate” acts of “people who are following me,” taps into a dark vein in American history and merits special attention.

In the Boston incident, two brothers were charged with using a metal pole to assault a 58-year-old Hispanic man. The man, who was homeless, was left with a broken nose and other injuries to his face, arms and chest. “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” one of the brothers, Scott Leader, told police, the Boston Globe reported.

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21

Aug

2015

Illinois Democrats united against Rauner, divided on U.S. Senate race

Author: Editor

Illinois Democrats on Thursday pledged to stay united against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's union-weakening agenda, but divided in their support of a challenger to take on GOP U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk next year.

Several speakers, including recipients of state subsidized social services, took to the stage on Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair to criticize Rauner's budget cuts. A day earlier, the first Republican governor elected since 1998 spent Governor's Day blaming the state's problems on "Chicago machine" Democrats.

Michael Madigan, the veteran House speaker and state Democratic chairman, encouraged rank-and-file party members to contact their lawmakers to help bolster the House and Senate supermajorities.

"We've taken a lot of criticism. We've taken a lot of verbal abuse. But we are united," Madigan told the party faithful.

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21

Aug

2015

Walsh: Will Co. has bright future but faces challenges

Author: Editor

The future of Will County is bright but substantial challenges lie ahead, County Executive Larry Walsh said Thursday during his annual State of the County address to county board members.

Walsh said the greatest challenges will be replacing deteriorating county government buildings, projects for which there is currently no funding source, and meeting increasing transportation needs.

On the positive side, the county has welcomed several major businesses, including IKEA, Amazon and Michelin, saw its unemployment rate drop by 1.7 percent and has become a "major player in the global marketplace," Walsh said.

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