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State budget impasse slams brake on Meals on Wheels in Illinois

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State budget impasse slams brake on Meals on Wheels in Illinois

A downstate nonprofit providing meals to the elderly has seen its service severely cutback due to the state’s budget impasse. Senior Services Plus is an organization that serves seniors with home care, wellness programs and Meals on Wheels. The Alton-based agency, which serves Madison and St. Clair counties, says the state owes it $1.5 million. As a […]

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‘Stephanie’s Law’ would expand state’s sex offender registry list

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‘Stephanie’s Law’ would expand state’s sex offender registry list

Illinois has nearly 29,000 registered sex offenders living in Illinois, but that number could increase with the passage of proposed legislation in Springfield. Of the more than 30 offenses requiring someone to register in Illinois, sexual battery is not one of them. Legislation proposed by two state lawmakers, however, would change that. Judges would be […]

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Labor activists: Union fight in Illinois mirrors Wisconsin

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Labor activists: Union fight in Illinois mirrors Wisconsin

With negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees virtually non-existent, Wisconsin labor unions offer telling words of their own struggle five years ago. Back in 2011, the state of Wisconsin was in a similar situation until Republican Gov. Scott Walker passed Act 10, which dismantled collective bargaining […]

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Trump UIC rally shut down by protesters

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Trump UIC rally shut down by protesters

PHOTO/Michael Vadon, 2015 By NADER ALGHOUL Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had to cancel his March 11 Chicago campaign stop at the University of IllinoisChicago Pavilion after hundreds of protesters disrupted the event. The anti-Trump protesters included a diverse group, with Hispanics, whites and African-Americans, Muslims and pro-Palestinians taking over the event. Black Lives Matters […]

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Chicago Residents Support Cruz Victory in Iowa

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Chicago Residents Support Cruz Victory in Iowa

Des Moines — On the Thursday before the Iowa caucuses, Carl Miller, 17, from Downers Grove made the five-hour, 311 mile trip to Iowa missing three days of school to volunteer for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “I made roughly 550 calls my first day,” Carl said. Well spoken with a passion for politics, Carl […]

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Aldermen approve Emanuel’s $580M property tax increase

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Aldermen approve Emanuel’s $580M property tax increase

The City Council on Wednesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s $7.8 billion budget, the centerpiece of which is a 4-year, $580 million increase in property taxes. Aldermen supporting the budget said it was the city’s only viable option to deal with its structural deficit. Aldermen not supporting the bill cited the tax hit to property owners […]

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Chicago City Council Approves Emanuel Budget

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Chicago City Council Approves Emanuel Budget

Chicago Alderman Wednesday passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion budget that includes a massive property tax hike as well as a variety of other taxes all aimed at addressing the city’s underfunded pension system. The budget, which includes an incremental $543 million property tax increase, a separate $45 million property tax hike for schools, a […]

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