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Jun

2014

Remap group pulls plug after judge's ruling

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A group that mounted a $3 million effort to ask voters this fall to take politics out of the redrawing of legislative boundaries dropped its effort Friday, hours after a Cook County judge tossed the proposed constitutional amendment from the Nov. 4 ballot.

Judge Mary Mikva’s ruling proved to be the death blow to the drive by the Yes for Independent Maps organization, which already had been under pressure to prove to the State Board of Elections that it had obtained nearly 300,000 valid signatures from voters to secure a fall ballot spot.

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27

Jun

2014

Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin, Union Pacific Announce $90 Million Investment in West Line, Celebrate End of $82 Million CREATE Project

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Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Union Pacific Railroad President and COO Lance Fritz to announce that the Union Pacific (UP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are making a significant investment in Metra’s West Line. Each will invest $45 million for the construction of a new third main line track on the UP/Metra’s West Line, from River Forest to Melrose Park and then from West Chicago to Geneva. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“Today we are investing in jobs that will help solidify Illinois’ status as the premier rail center of the nation,” Governor Quinn said. “This final piece of the West Line improvement program will enhance commuter and freight travel on one of our state’s busiest rail lines. Building world-class infrastructure is vital to a healthy economy and today’s investment will help get us there.”

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6

Jun

2014

Rauner firm got business after $300,000 donation

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday he once put in a good word to help win pension business in his state for Bruce Rauner's private equity firm after Rauner donated $300,000 to Rendell's 2002 campaign.

The comments shed new light on a recurring campaign issue for Rauner, the Republican nominee in the governor's race this November, who has repeatedly accused Illinois politicians of creating a culture where campaign cash buys influence and skews policy.

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31

May

2014

Rep. Foster wants change in immigrant detention policy

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A Homeland Security mandate that requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain thousands of people a day costs a fortune and is holding up immigration reform, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, said Saturday.

The mandate, known as the detention bed quota, requires ICE to detain 34,000 people each day at a cost of $159 a person, Foster said. The bill to taxpayers runs $5.5 million a day or about $2 billion a year.

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26

May

2014

Legislature's tax, spending battle previews Rauner-Quinn clash

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Between guns, gays and grass—not to mention pension reform—Illinois lawmakers have faced a lot of tough votes since the last election. Extending the temporary income tax hike may be one too many.

While the tax question has loomed over the General Assembly all year, only House Speaker Michael Madigan's legendary last-minute dealmaking abilities are keeping it alive. Meanwhile, his caucus has soundly rejected a doomsday budget calling for billions of dollars in cuts to grapple with the loss of revenue if income tax rates roll back next year.

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