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May

2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to unveil $41.5 billion ‘Rebuild Illinois’ capital plan that includes $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to unveil a six-year, $41.5 billion plan to repair Illinois’ crumbling roads, bridges, public schools and university buildings in a massive proposal that calls for nearly $1.8 billion in new taxes and tax increases, according to documents provided to lawmakers at a Friday briefing.

Dubbed Rebuild Illinois, it would be the state’s first large-scale infrastructure improvement program in a decade and would result in higher costs for everything from ride-sharing to cable and streaming services, as well as a significant hike at the gas pump.

The long-awaited proposal, which comes as lawmakers are working to finalize the state budget before their schedule May 31 adjournment, received a lukewarm response from some of the governor’s fellow Democrats and pushback from some Republicans. The preliminary drafts distributed Friday follow behind-the-scenes negotiations with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Changes are expected even before Pritzker makes a formal announcement next week.

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May

2019

Will County Clerk's 2019 election report lists costs, challenges

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Will County Clerk Lauren Staley-Ferry presented a report of last month’s consolidated municipal election, spelling out the work her staff did as well as the costs and challenges associated with it. 

On Thursday, Staley-Ferry presented the report to members of the Will County Board.

“It really details the processes, the deployment of staffing and equipment, and the costs,” Staley-Ferry told board members. “It’s certainly meant to be as comprehensive and as transparent as possible.”

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May

2019

Wheatland Township Democratic Party - Spring Trivia Fundraiser

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

7:00 pm

Aurelio's Pizza

1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville, IL

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May

2019

Yes, there is a fact-based argument regarding graduated income tax

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Anyone who pays attention to state government knows Illinois' fiscal system is a hot mess. Illinois has a huge -- as in $8 billion plus -- accumulated deficit in its General Fund. Not good, considering over $9 out of every $10 of spending on services goes to the four core areas of education, health care, social services and public safety.

On top of that, Illinois is also one of the most notoriously unfair taxing states in the nation. The reason: Illinois over taxes low- and middle-income families while under taxing the wealthy. Also not good, given research by Professors Piketty and Saez covering the 1979-2015 sequence which found that over 108 percent of all real growth in income -- or more than all of it -- went to the wealthiest 10 percent in America. Which means everyone in the bottom 90 percent made less after inflation in 2015 than in 1979.

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Apr

2019

Joliet Chamber Bestows Larry Walsh With Award

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The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry is proud to announce that Larry Walsh Sr. will receive the Brother James Gaffney Award of Excellence for his long record of service to the people of Will County and his continued willingness to work with the business community. The Brother James Gaffney Award of Excellence was established in 2016 and will be given on the evening of Saturday, November 9 during the Chamber's Annual Gala.

Larry Walsh Sr. has had the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of all county departments since being elected to the office of Will County Executive in December of 2004. To this day, Larry effectively works with all for the greater good of the citizens of the county. He has overseen tremendous growth and improved relationships with state and federal offices.

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