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  • Debt doesn't have to be a deal-breaker

    Dear Dave,One of my relatives just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boy ...
    March 24, 2017 - 5:01 pm
  • Poll finds Rauner sinking to Speaker Madigan’s level

    You might have heard about a recent Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll which found that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s job disapproval ratings have almost d ...
    March 20, 2017 - 11:32 pm
  • Forget cards; being debt-free is the best reward

    Dear Dave,We’re trying to get control of our finances, and my husband wants to close all our credit ...
    March 17, 2017 - 1:40 pm
  • Shimkus waiting for guidance to select U.S. attorneys, others

    It doesn't look like there will be imminent action to fill the vacancy in the U.S. attorney's office ...
    March 16, 2017 - 5:26 pm
  • STATEHOUSE INSIDER: How about a grand conspiracy to go with a ‘grand bargain’?

    Gov. Bruce Rauner was in fine fettle last week, conjuring up the "grand conspiracy" that nicely offsets the "grand bargain" that's all but stalled out ...
    March 13, 2017 - 9:17 pm
  • Legal stretch or executive power grab?

    If Attorney General Lisa Madigan succeeds in persuading the Illinois Supreme Court to consider ordering the state to stop paying employees without an ...
    March 12, 2017 - 10:24 pm
  • STATEHOUSE SPOTLIGHT: Rauner talks up higher ed, but he's reduced its funding

    Is Gov. Bruce Rauner sending mixed messages about higher education?"I want to put more resources int ...
    March 9, 2017 - 9:45 pm
  • STATEHOUSE INSIDER: Blame Speaker Madigan? Not this time

    You can't blame this one on House Speaker Michael Madigan, although it wouldn't be surprising if someone tried.
    March 6, 2017 - 9:27 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Vote Rauner? Back soda tax? Decisions, decisions

    According to a recent poll, Gov. Bruce Rauner is a whole lot less popular than a 1-cent-per-ounce state sales tax on sugary drinks. 
    March 5, 2017 - 10:23 pm
  • STATEHOUSE INSIDE: Comptroller catches flak for buying $32,000 SUV

    Comptroller Susana Mendoza got a good lesson in optics last week, whether she needed one or not.It i ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 11:27 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Tweeting like Trump gets others in trouble

    If you're running for office anytime soon, or if you currently hold office or are a “public figure,” please try to keep one thing in mind: So far, the ...
    Feb. 27, 2017 - 8:14 pm
  • Overdrawn, overwhelmed, and in need of help

    Dear Dave,After listening to your show, I want to try to get control of my finances, but I’m afraid ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 2:50 pm
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    There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
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