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May

2014

Plainfield park bill headed to governor

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 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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May

2014

Madigan advances minimum wage ballot question

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An Illinois House panel has approved House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

The plan to put a nonbinding question on the November ballot passed the House Revenue Committee by a 12-7 party line vote Friday. It comes after Illinois Democrats have struggled to find enough votes to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour.

Some Democrats in swing districts joined Republicans in resisting the effort, amid fears that companies might lay off workers or hire fewer new ones.

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11

May

2014

The Real Vote Fraud

Author: Editor

Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win.

But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students often do. Voters no longer at the address on file with election authorities were not eligible to vote.

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Apr

2014

Illinois graduated income tax vote next week

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A key Democratic state senator said Thursday he will seek a vote Tuesday on his controversial plan to ask voters to amend the state constitution to replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with a graduated tax based on the amount of income earned.

“We understand it is a difficult choice, but we’re simply asking that the voters be allowed to weigh in and make a decision about tax policy and how Illinois should tax income,” Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park said during an appearance between proponents and opponents of the plan before the Tribune editorial board.

But Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine said Harmon’s proposal was just another variation of a plan endorsed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and top Democratic lawmakers to make permanent the 67 percent personal income tax rate increase enacted in 2011 that was supposed to be significantly rolled back starting in January 2015.

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