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20

Jan

2014

Dillard wants to cut state gas tax, borrow for road repairs

Author: Editor

Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.

The idea, which emerged after follow-up with Dillard’s campaign staff, is to reduce the state sales tax on gasoline from 5 percent to slightly more than 2 percent and use what money is left to back borrowing of up to $1 billion.

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8

Nov

2013

Paul Vallas tapped to be Governr Quinn’s running mate

Author: Editor

Gov. Pat Quinn named former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday in a political stunner that mystified African-American politicians and angered union leaders who derided Vallas as the “wrong” choice for the job.

Vallas, a $1,200-a-day state consultant until last summer who ran the city’s schools from 1995 to 2001 and narrowly lost the 2002 Democratic primary for governor, was a little-known finalist on Quinn’s short list of running-mate possibilities.

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26

Oct

2013

Army Corps says aging river system needs repairs

Author: Editor

The wall that keeps the Des Plaines River off the streets of downtown Joliet and the Brandon Road Lock and Dam downstream need about $37 million worth of repairs, a federal official said Friday.

That’s how much maintenance is needed but has been deferred for lack of funding, Michael Cox, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, said during a congressman’s tour of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam.

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18

Oct

2013

Illiana toll road clears hurdle

Author: Editor

In a major victory for Gov. Pat Quinn, a key regional planning committee has approved his controversial proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road that would serve primarily as a trucking corridor linking interstates in Illinois and Indiana.

The Illiana Corridor got the green light Thursday from the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee, which by federal law must sign off on major transportation projects.

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18

Oct

2013

Health costs rise 3% for Chicago employers

Increase lowest in 11 years, but burden shifting to employees

Author: Editor

Health insurance costs for large employers in Chicago rose 3 percent in 2013, the lowest increase in five years, according to data released Thursday by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt.

The cost of providing coverage per employee this year in Chicago was $10,753, up from $10,434 in 2012 and $9,871 in 2011, the Lincolnshire company found in its latest analysis, which compares cost and benefit data for 516 large U.S. employers that account for $61.2 billion in annual health care spending.

Employers, however, pushed a larger percentage of the burden on to their workers, whose total health care costs jumped 9 percent in 2013, the data show.

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