Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

6

Jun

2014

Rauner firm got business after $300,000 donation

Author: Editor

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

Author: Editor

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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May

2014

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

Author: Editor

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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22

May

2014

Plainfield park bill headed to governor

Author: Editor

 The state bill to expand the Plainfield Township Park District board from five to seven commissioners passed the Senate with a 36-18-2 vote on Thursday.

House Bill 5593 will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. If signed, state Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and state Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, would each appoint a new commissioner.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, presented the bill Thursday morning to the Senate.

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22

May

2014

Courthouse fee bill advances out of Illinois House

Author: Editor

If all goes as planned, state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, hopes to have legislation creating a court fee for a future Will County Courthouse headed to the governor’s desk by next week.

House Bill 5889, which would give the Will County Board authority to impose court fees to help pay for construction of a new courthouse, passed out of the Illinois House on Thursday by a 72-42 vote and was approved hours later by a Senate Judiciary Committee.

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