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  • Springfield Spotlight: Tables turned on political spending

    During the second quarter of 2012, the Illinois House Republican Organization's largest reported campaign expenditure was a $12,612 payment to the Int ...
    July 25, 2016 - 9:04 pm
  • Statehouse Insider: AFSCME, Rauner vie for Illinoisans’ hearts and minds

    They may not negotiate with each other anymore, but neither Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration nor AFSCME is giving up on the war to win over the hear ...
    July 25, 2016 - 9:04 pm
  • Special plan for special needs?

    Dear Dave,Our daughter is a special needs child who doctors say will live about half as long as the ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:27 pm
  • Springfield Spotlight: Stopgap budget inspires fiscal fairy tales

    Right off the bat, I should say that I think the so-called “stopgap budget” signed into law on June 30 was a good idea. Not fiscally, but because peop ...
    July 18, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Stathouse Inside: It's premature to dismiss tax hikes as unacceptable

    Thursday was not a good day for Illinois financial news. First up was Comptroller Leslie Munger, who detailed just how bad Illinois’ money problems re ...
    July 18, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Dave Ramsey: Use bonus to knock down debt

    Dear Dave,We’re working the debt snowball, and together my husband and I make $93,000 a year. The am ...
    July 15, 2016 - 12:21 pm
  • Union triumphs in Round 1

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees won one last week when the state labor board said it wouldn’t skip an administrative ...
    July 12, 2016 - 9:41 pm
  • Rauner’s austerity claims highly doubtful

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has been touring Illinois to talk about his new "messaging." He's quite excited about his "messaging" plans, telling one reporter th ...
    July 11, 2016 - 8:23 pm
  • Dave Ramsey: Budgeting for a blessed burden

    Dear Dave,My husband and I have seven kids. What parts of your program work best for large families? ...
    July 8, 2016 - 9:54 pm
  • Stathouse Insider: It's OK to be happy about the stopgap budget – briefly

    Contrary to what some are saying, it’s OK to be happy about the Legislature passing that stopgap spending bill last week. Within limits. 
    July 5, 2016 - 4:32 pm
  • Springfield Scoop: Madigan on pension fix deal: ‘It’s a trap’

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan rose to give his customary year-end speech after the House had concluded its business last week and pointed his ...
    July 5, 2016 - 4:32 pm
  • Tell Mom you're not going on a guilt trip

    Dear Dave,My parents left their six-figure jobs to enter the ministry when I was in high school. Tha ...
    July 1, 2016 - 7:36 pm
  • Remap reform won’t solve all Illinois' problems

    Illinoisans are undeniably furious about the way their government has been running (or, more accurately, not running). They're looking for solutions, ...
    June 27, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Lawmakers coming back to Springfield? We're saved!

    Well, better late than never.For those of you scoring at home, the state’s new fiscal year starts Fr ...
    June 27, 2016 - 10:46 pm
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