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  • STATEHOUSE INSIDER: This can't be what's meant by balanced

    Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted his third budget proposal to lawmakers last week, and you could say Democrats, at least, weren't impressed.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 8:43 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Illusory budget ‘is what it is’

    Before Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address last week, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno made a rare visit to the Senate Democratic caucus meet ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 11:30 pm
  • Couple must be on the same page of the ledger

    Dear Dave,My husband and I have four kids, and I make $50,000 a year. He runs a small business that ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 6:18 am
  • Dueling paycheck bills unveiled

    Another week, another message from the Rauner administration to state workers. After all of the rancor over union negotiations, it’s got to give them ...
    Feb. 13, 2017 - 11:30 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: With no budget deal soon, huge tax hikes on horizon

    You may have read a news story or two about the latest blistering report from New York-based S&P Global Ratings about Illinois’ fiscal and economic wo ...
    Feb. 12, 2017 - 9:28 pm
  • Dave gets behind idea of paying ahead

    Dear Dave,I’m a small-business owner with a lawn care franchise. It’s common in our industry, after ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 12:04 pm
  • A framework isn’t a bill

    The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission wrapped up its work last week and delivered its report on revamping K-12 school funding on time.
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 10:51 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Illinois’ credit report boils down to glum and glummer

    The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the gove ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 12:24 am
  • Credit or debit: Machines don’t care

    Dear Dave,I take classes online at a public university several hours from my home. I tried to pay fo ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 12:12 pm
  • More waiting on the Senate’s ‘grand bargain’

    We’re going to have to wait another 2 weeks to find out whether that do-or-die “grand bargain” in the Illinois Senate is going to do or die.
    Jan. 30, 2017 - 9:06 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Attorney general ups ante on budget brinksmanship

    Question the timing all you want, but last week’s legal filing by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop paying state employee wages without an officia ...
    Jan. 29, 2017 - 6:44 pm
  • ‘Adviser’ made a bad call

    Dear Dave,My husband recently was laid off, and he has $229,000 in a 401(k). He has been told that h ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:18 pm
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