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  • 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 off workers, needed changes.
  • Illinois Lottery severs ties with private manager

    Illinois Lottery severs ties with private manager
    The split between the Illinois Lottery and its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, is now official after three years of acrimony over lower-than-expected revenues. The termination agreement, signed Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, comes a little more...

    Too many governments? Downstate has the biggest share

     Too many governments? Downstate has the biggest share
    Few places in Illinois vote more reliably Republican than Iroquois County, home to 1,120 square miles of mostly corn and soybean fields, 28,982 residents and, according to state records, 218 distinct units of government — one for every 133...

    Lotto trouble with this deal

    Lotto trouble with this deal
    In 2010, Illinois became the first state in the country to turn over the management of its lottery to a private company. Other states soon followed. The expectation was that a firm with broad expertise in lottery sales could attract new players and reap...

    Targeting legislative leaders

    Targeting legislative leaders
    While we're waiting for the courts to decide whether the people of Illinois will get to vote on a constitutional amendment to limit the terms of state lawmakers, let's ponder a related question: What if we just term-limited Mike Madigan? A more...