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By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 13, 2015 5:00 AM
The government that’s closest to home is the government that can — and probably will — more quickly affect your life.
By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org | Apr 10, 2015 1:54 PM
By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org From legally questionable free office space for teachers unions in Philadelphia to a Los Angeles, where a court ruling means the city’s school district will have to provide more space for charter schools, it’s been a busy week in education news. Watchdog.org covered it all. Vermont: consolidation and confusion A confused and confusing plan [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 08, 2015 11:41 AM | 54
By Benjamin Yount SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  It’s amazing what happens when you let people keep their own money. Illinois, a perennial bottom dweller in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, has found itself out of the basement. “It’s a small step being number 40,” ALEC Vice President for State Fiscal Reform Jonathan Williams told [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 06, 2015 8:14 PM
Scott Reeder is Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network. By: Scott Reeder | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Ever read a news story that gives you a sinking feeling, because it just hits too close to home? That’s how I was feeling the other day when I read about the steel plant closing in Granite City, Illinois. About [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 06, 2015 5:00 AM
Illinois inmates who will soon get out of jail won't pass "Go" and get $200, but they may collect their Medicaid card.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 03, 2015 4:26 PM
A state report found The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services failed to correct more than a dozen problems found in past audits. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services failed to correct more than a dozen problems found in past audits — some dating back [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 03, 2015 4:05 PM
Scott Reeder is Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network By: Scott Reeder | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD – What the heck is the Overton Window? It’s a political theory that there are a range of ideas the public will accept. An idea’s political sustainability depends mainly on whether it falls within that window rather than on politicians’ [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 01, 2015 7:43 PM
The latest battleground for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda is turning out to be city council chambers. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The latest battleground for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda is turning out to be city council chambers. The Rauner administration, by way of organizations including the Illinois Municipal League, is providing city councils and [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 01, 2015 5:00 AM
Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Mar 31, 2015 10:21 PM
A coalition of advocates for the developmentally disabled is calling for the eventual closure of six of seven of the state’s residential centers. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — A coalition of advocates for the developmentally disabled is calling for the eventual closure of six of seven of the state’s residential centers. The Going Home [...]