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  • Illinois House speaker's panel meets to discuss school funds

    With the state's dire budget situation serving as an impetus, a bipartisan panel of House members Wednesday took up work begun by Democrats last summer to replace Illinois' school funding formula.
  • Supporters say tax break would help kids living in poverty

    Democratic lawmakers sought Thursday to double a tax break for low-income workers, introducing their plan the same morning a child advocacy group released a report showing 1 in 5 Illinois children live in poverty. Identical measures introduced in the...

    Lawmakers propose increasing earned income tax credit

    Democratic lawmakers are proposing to double an income tax break supporters say has helped low-paid workers. Identical bills in the House and Senate propose increasing the state's earned income tax credit from 10 percent to 20 percent. Backers of the...

    Rauner's pick for comptroller not worried about possible 2016 election

     Rauner's pick for comptroller not worried about possible 2016 election
    Leslie Munger, appointed by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner as state comptroller, awaits a possible vote by legislators Thursday on whether she'll serve for the full four years or will face an election challenge in 2016. That has been at issue since the death...

    Effort stalls to revamp Illinois' corporate tax breaks program

     Effort stalls to revamp Illinois' corporate tax breaks program
    A year ago, lawmakers imposed a moratorium on special tax incentives used to help keep companies — and their jobs — in Illinois. They also created a committee to examine whether the program, which also rewarded companies even as they laid...