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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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27

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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20

Apr

2014

Panel: Will County saw drop in heroin deaths

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The number of heroin overdose deaths in Will County dropped from 58 in 2012 to 38 in 2013, thanks in part to expanded educational awareness, local officials told the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force.

However, monitoring deaths is only the tip of the iceberg, Will County Coroner Pat O’Neil told the state-appointed task force, which is collecting testimony on heroin abuse from communities throughout Illinois.

A more effective indicator might be to track overdose treatments by first responders, who often are able to save victims by using anti-opiate drugs such as Narcan.

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19

Apr

2014

Reaction to Illiana lawsuit is mixed

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Peotone Township homeowner Virginia Hamann said she hopes a lawsuit filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court to halt development of the Illiana Expressway succeeds.

“They shouldn’t spend another penny of our tax dollars that has been wasted on the project,” she said.

A portion of Hamann’s farmland lies in the path of the proposed 47-mile tollway.

In hopes of stopping the Illiana – which would connect Interstate 55 in Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind. – two Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit last week claiming state transportation officials are in violation of state law and do not have authority to move forward with the project.

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