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Columns by Doug Finke

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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