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By lnickus | Watchdog.org | Aug 07, 2014 5:57 PM
BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org SPRINGFIELD – The long-time directors of both Illinois State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair have a lot in common. Both were disciplined recently for unethical conduct, both have operated their event at a financial loss and both come from political backgrounds with no professional experience managing fairs before taking their jobs with [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Aug 04, 2014 6:12 PM | 10
BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org SPRINGFIELD – Twenty years ago the state implemented reforms designed to make the Illinois State Fair break even. They failed. Big time. The fair has been as sure-fired a loser as a kid playing a carnival game. Well, maybe that’s not fair – every once and awhile, a youngster actually wins. Not so [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Aug 04, 2014 6:10 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO – The consensus is in and there is broad support behind Illinois’ new workers’ compensation reform efforts. Governor Quinn announced late last week that the National Council on Compensation Insurance has requested a lower workers’ compensation rate in the state. The NCCI recommends a 5.5 percent decrease in the [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 31, 2014 5:58 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — America’s “Second City” finds itself behind most other large metropolises in its manufacturing growth, a new study reveals. More specifically, Chicago’s manufacturing and export sectors aren’t recovering from the recession as quickly as other major metropolitan areas. Research conducted by the British-based HSBC Bank — the world’s largest bank [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 30, 2014 6:03 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org SPRINGFIELD — A new study reveals Illinoisans get more bang for their healthcare buck than many other states in the country — but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily paying less, experts warn. Data from financial information company WalletHub shows the average return-on-investment for money spent on healthcare-related costs is [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 30, 2014 4:37 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday officially introduced to the City Council an ordinance that would increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour and the debate remains heated. The minimum wage debate has become increasingly heated over recent days in Illinois’ biggest city and throughout the state as [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 25, 2014 5:46 PM | 47
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — Illinois charter schools will be required to make their student selection process public, because of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn this week. Gov. Quinn Thursday approved a law that will mandate publicly funded charter schools hold a lottery when they have more students apply than the school [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 25, 2014 3:28 PM | 214
BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org SPRINGFIELD – I picked up my vacation photos at Walgreens the other day. And I didn’t hear any French, German or Italian spoken. How surprising. I’ve read that the Deerfield, Ill.,-based drugstore chain is considering becoming a Swiss corporation. I’ll admit the thought of a company that is essentially an American icon [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 23, 2014 5:57 PM | 33
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/23/14 The quest for term limits on lawmakers in Illinois may appear to be dead in the water, but the proponents for the effort aren’t throwing in the towel yet. Monday, the Chicago-based First District Appellate Court agreed to an expedited appeals process in order to have the matter decided by August 22, the [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 22, 2014 6:21 PM
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/22/14 The functionality of the Affordable Care Act was dealt another blow Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service does not have the ability to circumvent the original intent of the Affordable Care Act and provide insurance subsidies or impose individual [...]