A key Chicago-area planning agency on Thursday agreed to keep the Illiana Tollway as part of the region’s long-range transportation plan despite strong opposition that it would be an overly costly “road to nowhere.”
As it did last year, the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee rejected opponents’ arguments and voted to keep the tollway in the updated Go To 2040 plan, which outlines about $360 billion in land use and transportation spending between now and 2040 in northeast Illinois.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Governor, illiana
IRS data show Bruce Rauner to be one of the 11,000 richest tax filers in the nation, but most of the millions he made in recent years was taxed at 15 percent — less than half the top federal rate for the wealthy, a review of tax documents released by the GOP governor hopeful shows.
One reason behind that sharp discount is that Rauner took advantage of a strategy that yielded big tax savings on his share of investment fees paid to his private equity firm, GTCR. That strategy is allowed under tax rules but has come under IRS scrutiny.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Governor, 2014 Elections, Bruce Rauner
Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.
The idea, which emerged after follow-up with Dillard’s campaign staff, is to reduce the state sales tax on gasoline from 5 percent to slightly more than 2 percent and use what money is left to back borrowing of up to $1 billion.
Tags: Governor, 2014 Election
Governor Quinn was officially endorsed by the Democratic Party of Illinois
for re-election in 2014.
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Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today creating a task force aimed at beating back the rising use of heroin in the suburbs and throughout Illinois.
The proposal, from state Rep. Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach, creates a commission that's supposed to study the problem of heroin use among high schoolers and report to lawmakers to suggest what might be done to help.
Tags: Health Care, Gov. Quinn, Governor, Heroin