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By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Jul 22, 2015 11:17 AM | 19
  By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The state may be without a budget three weeks into the new fiscal year, but two state representatives took a few minutes Tuesday to air their thoughts on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. And Trump took a shot from each side of the aisle in the Illinois House. Rep. Jack [...]
By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org | Jul 17, 2015 5:00 AM | 36
Three Pennsylvania legislators plan on introducing a ban on microplastics. One sponsor says the law is necessary, even if some companies are voluntarily phasing the ingredient out. Eight states have already passed such bans, more than a dozen have or are considering one, and such legislation is pending in Congress.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Jul 14, 2015 12:01 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats locked in a battle of wills, it’s getting testy in Springfield. Mutually exclusive agendas have a lot to do with the gridlock and resulting sniping. Rauner, of Winnetka, wants substantial change in five areas: workers compensation standards, lawsuit reform, a property [...]
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org | Jul 09, 2015 1:54 PM | 10
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office recently told Chicago’s startup community to expect a formal proposal exempting them from a newly enacted “cloud tax.”
By Warner Todd Huston | Watchdog.org | Jul 09, 2015 11:07 AM | 31
Stark pension obligations and liabilities hurt Illinois' ranking in a new report on state fiscal conditions.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Jul 08, 2015 11:57 AM | 7
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger plans to appeal a  judge’s ruling that state employees who work during a no-budget shutdown can be paid only minimum federal wage — $7.25 an hour — plus overtime. Munger, R-Lincolnshire, said she was disappointed by and respectfully disagrees with the ruling issued by Judge Diane [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Jul 01, 2015 1:09 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The score changed little in Springfield on Tuesday as Illinois slid into its new fiscal year without a budget. The House and Senate held hearings, the governor and the speaker spoke to reporters (separately), staff members generated documents — and there wasn’t much sign of real give or take in [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Jun 30, 2015 11:31 AM | 9
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — If there’s no budget come July 1, state workers must show up for work and they will be paid, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday in a memo to employees. Also on Monday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued her own statement on the matter of payroll, essentially saying Rauner might [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Jun 17, 2015 11:52 AM | 15
With two weeks to go before the fiscal year runs out and no budget in place for the one that starts July 1, the House and Senate spent much of the day on non-budget hearings.
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org | Jun 17, 2015 5:00 AM | 399
Part 1 of 1 in the series Luxury Loans By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org The Small Business Administration recently got into the Lamborghini business not once, but twice –– just two of more than $8.7  billion worth of failed loan guarantees that potentially left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion,  a Watchdog.org investigation found. Since 2009, SBA lenders charged [...]


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