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  • 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
  • Emergency fund first, retirement second

    Dear Dave,I make $38,000 a year working in the trade show industry, and I’m about to start Baby Step ...
    June 24, 2016 - 2:37 pm
  • ‘Heroic’ efforts keep the state lurching along

    Nobody, and I mean nobody, ever thought that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration could ever keep state operations running for a year without an actual ...
    June 20, 2016 - 10:25 pm
  • Dave Ramsey: Swap policies for payments

    Dear Dave,My husband and I are retired, we both receive nice pensions, and we owe $46,000 on our hom ...
    June 17, 2016 - 2:28 pm
  • State’s credit just got shakier

    Illinois’ credit rating took another hit last week, leading us closer to junk status.Comptroller Les ...
    June 14, 2016 - 8:50 pm
  • Clinton leads in Illinois; Madigan stumbles

    The Democrats got a bit of good news and some serious bad news in a recent Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll. And that bad news is particularly negative ...
    June 13, 2016 - 9:56 pm
  • Family that pays together, stays together

    Dear Dave,My mom and dad filed bankruptcy recently and are on a fixed income of $2,200 a month. They ...
    June 10, 2016 - 9:02 pm
  • Who's in favor of what? Just depends on the day

    Closely following developments in Springfield during the last week of the legislative session could have left you with a serious case of whiplash.
    June 7, 2016 - 10:15 pm
  • Messin’ with the governor

    Near the top of any list of Illinois government’s many problems is that House Speaker Michael Madigan has made a decades-long game out of messing with ...
    June 6, 2016 - 11:46 pm
  • Make sure to invest in yourself

    Dear Dave,I’m 19, and I’m putting myself through college debt-free. I usually work part time during ...
    June 3, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • All-out political warfare all but certain

    After what happened last week, it's more clear than ever that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has no fear of what Gov. Bruce Rauner could do to ...
    June 1, 2016 - 12:24 am
  • Do you believe in legislative miracles? In a word, no

    At this stage of the game, it might be appropriate to evoke sportscaster Al Michaels’ classic line, “Do you believe in miracles?”
    June 1, 2016 - 12:24 am
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