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Work Officially Underway On I-74 Bridge – 6/27/17

June 27th, 2017

>>Work Officially Underway On I-74 Bridge

After years of talking, crews are finally ready to start working on the new I-74 Bridge in the Quad Cities. Iowa’s governor joined Illinois’ governor yesterday in Davenport to officially break ground on the project. The plan is to start work this summer, and have the new bridge up and running by 2021.

Madigan Warns Of Tough Tax Hike Vote – 6/27/17

June 27th, 2017

>>Madigan Warns Of Tough Tax Hike Vote

The top Democrat in the Illinois House says it won’t be easy to get a state budget by the end of the week. House Speaker Mike Madigan yesterday told reporters in Springfield that the vote on the tax hike needed to pay for his budget plan won’t be “easy.” Madigan said his budget will be unveiled later today, and many at the statehouse expect the powerful Speaker to want to spend as much as six-billion-dollars more than Governor Rauner and the Republicans have proposed.

House Republican Leader Focused On Budget Vote – 6/27/17

June 27th, 2017

>>House Republican Leader Focused On Budget Vote

The top Republican in the Illinois House says he is not focusing on what’s being left out of an agreement to get a state budget. House Republican leader Jim Durkin yesterday said his focus is finding 30 Republican votes for a tax increase that is needed to get a state budget. Durkin said he’ll deal with a lack of term limits in the budget compromise later. House Speaker Mike Madigan, who has fought term limits, has left the issue off his to-do list this summer.

Five Years In, Video Gaming Paying Off In Illinois – 6/26/17

June 26th, 2017

>>Five Years In, Video Gaming Paying Off In Illinois

The state of Illinois is 882 million-dollars richer thanks to video poker. “The Bloomington Pantagraph” reported over the weekend on the five year haul from video gambling in the state. Illinois has collected 882 million-dollars, local governments have seen 176 million, and players have seen their share of the 44 billion-dollars that has been bet since the first video poker machine went online in 2012. Critics, however, say there’s now too much video gaming in the state.

Illinois Lawmakers Meet On Budget, Outline ‘Must Haves’ – 6/26/17

June 26th, 2017

>>Illinois Lawmakers Meet On Budget, Outline ‘Must Haves’

The top Democrat at the Illinois Capitol is finally saying what he needs to agree on a budget. House Speaker Mike Madigan told reporters in Springfield yesterday that he wants a new law regarding how Illinois pays for schools and his own version of workers’ compensation reform. But the Speaker has yet to release a budget plan of his own. Rumblings at the Capitol suggest House Democrats are looking at a 40-something billion-dollar budget, which is at least four billion larger than the Republican plan.