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Jun

2019

Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan

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The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session Sunday and delivered first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “think big” agenda as the Senate voted to raise motorists’ taxes and fees and embark upon a massive statewide gambling expansion that included a Chicago casino and legalized sports betting to pay for new roads, bridges and public buildings.

The new governor took to the floor of the Senate as the chamber concluded its work, with Democratic Senate President John Cullerton saying that lawmakers and the public would have “all summer to thank and pay tribute to him” as he signs into law various portions of his agenda. That included legalizing recreational marijuana, endorsing a sweeping abortion-rights bill and lawmakers putting a measure on the 2020 ballot asking voters to amend the state constitution to allow for a graduated-rate income tax to replace the mandated flat-rate tax. Lawmakers also reached a bipartisan agreement on a $40 billion state spending plan that legislators in both parties said was balanced.

Despite being forced into overtime this weekend after failing to meet its scheduled May 31 adjournment date, the size and scope of Pritzker’s achievements less than six months into office — often with Republican support — represented the release of a pent-up desire among lawmakers to show accomplishments after four years of governmental dysfunction and gridlock due to the ideological battles between former one-term GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature.

 

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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 hosts summit on opioid epidemic, Pritzker speaks

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Hundreds of residents, professionals, public officials and volunteers attended the annual Hero Helps Summit on Friday in Romeoville to hear about the progress being made to tackle the opioid epidemic in Will County and throughout the state. 

Kathleen Burke, director of substance-use initiatives in the Will County Executive’s Office, spoke about the local effort to ensure users seeking help can get what they need. The county has seen multiple police departments implement a safe-passage program, which allows users to seek treatment.

 Burke also lauded the efforts of the Will County Drug Court, a diversion program that allows those with opioid-related charges to get treatment, graduate and get their record expunged so they can go on to live a productive life. Burke emphasized that treating addictions like lifelong diseases is the key to helping users and their families.

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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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Sep

2016

NYT: HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

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In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. (We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)

But this endorsement would also be an empty exercise if it merely affirmed the choice of Clinton supporters. We’re aiming instead to persuade those of you who are hesitating to vote for Mrs. Clinton — because you are reluctant to vote for a Democrat, or for another Clinton, or for a candidate who might appear, on the surface, not to offer change from an establishment that seems indifferent and a political system that seems broken.

Running down the other guy won’t suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn’t Donald Trump.

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