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Rauner Gropes For Silver Lining As State Flounders Amid Gridlock

May 30, 2017
“How’s that working out for you?” Rauner the 2014 Republican candidate often asked in questioning why voters kept returning Democrats to run Springfield. Now he’s governor of a very troubled state and the same question may loom large over his reelection bid next year.

Lots Of People Think They Can Solve Illinois' Budget Mess—But It's Not That Easy

May 18, 2017
Compared to other states, Illinois has fewer state workers, spends less on Medicaid per patient and owns a worst in the nation record for supporting local schools. So budget-balancing without tax hikes will mean cutting into muscle.

Why The Online Threat To Big Retail Means Bigger Holes In Illinois Budgets

May 10, 2017
The take from sales and property taxes, key revenue sources for local governments, often takes a hit as brick and mortar stores reel under Internet competition. That puts a strain on paying for municipal services.
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