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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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18

Apr

2014

Obama: 8 million have signed up for health care

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President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law.

The enrollment figure, revised upward from the 7.5 million signups that the administration had announced earlier this month, renewed hopes at the White House that Democrats will be able to overcome the initial rocky rollout of the health law in the fall as they battle to maintain control of the Senate in the midterms this fall.

"This thing is working," Obama said at an afternoon news conference. Of the GOP, he added: "They said no one would sign up. They were wrong about that. They are wrong to try to repeal a law that is working."

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17

Apr

2014

Gov. Quinn with nearly $9 million as Rauner reloads

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Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn stashed away nearly $9 million in campaign funds during the first three months of the year, but it’s likely he’ll need every cent of it and a lot more as he defends his seat against wealthy Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

New campaign finance reports showed Rauner gave his campaign $5.3 million from January through March — more than the nearly $5 million Quinn was able to raise from a variety of donors during that time frame.

Overall, Rauner, an equity investor from Winnetka, raised nearly $9.2 million during the first quarter and spent more than $8.2 million in winning the GOP nomination last month over state Sens. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and Bill Brady of Bloomington and Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa.

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