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Illinois House advances 2015 budget
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Having given up on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase — at least for now — the Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget that could lead to layoffs, further delays in paying the state's bills and a post-election vote to make the tax hike permanent or generate some other source of revenue.Continued ...
Democrats regroup, craft budget without higher tax
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois House Democrats scaled back their spending aspirations Monday, saying they're giving up on extending a temporary income tax increase and getting to work on a more modest budget with just five days left in the spring session.Continued ...
Bill seeks to jump-start 'fracking' in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a proposal to jump-start the practice of oil drilling known as "fracking" in Illinois.Continued ...
Sen. Kirk wants probe of new VA hospital claims
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday that there is new evidence of a "culture of corruption" at a veterans hospital in suburban Chicago and that a federal investigation of the facility should examine whether any alleged delays in treatment contributed to the deaths of patients.Continued ...
Illinois redistricting group lacks signatures
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The group that wants to take the politically powerful process of drawing election maps away from Illinois lawmakers is facing more challenges after election authorities found that a majority of petition signatures needed to put the question to voters were invalid.Continued ...
Some Illinois Democrats defy leaders on tax rises
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Some Illinois Democratic lawmakers reluctant to vote to make tax increases permanent are splitting with party leaders and calling for alternative approaches such as gradually reducing income tax rates or finding spending cuts to help balance the budget.Continued ...
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