• Analysis: Illinois deficit to grow to $14 billion by 2026

    by  • January 20, 2015

    URBANA — The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says there is no easy to repair Illinois’ chronic annual deficit. An analysis released by the university’s Fiscal Futures Project indicates Illinois currently faces a $9 billion annual deficit that will grow to $14 billion by 2026. Co-Director Richard Dye compares the...

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    Duckworth considering Senate run against Kirk

    by  • January 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she’s considering challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in 2016. Duckworth told The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1BXg1dK ) she’s been talking with her husband and close advisers about a possible U.S. Senate bid. She says she still needs to have discussions with others, including the...

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    New treasurer issues order banning political activity on state time

    by  • January 20, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD — Echoing one of his campaign promises, Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs has issued an executive order against political activity on state time. Frerichs says he will not accept campaign contributions from treasurer’s office employees, nor will he tolerate anybody doing political work. Frerichs’ predecessor, Dan Rutherford, faced a lawsuit alleging he tried to...

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