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Illinoisans hear closing arguments about progressive tax ballot initiative

Illinoisans hear closing arguments about progressive tax ballot initiative

ILLINOIS (IRN) — With fewer than three weeks until Election Day and many voters having already cast their ballots, supporters and opponents are making their closing arguments about whether Illinois should scrap its flat tax restraints enshrined in the Illinois Constitution. Vote Yes for Fairness Chairman Quentin Fulks and former state Sen. Daniel Biss defended…read more

Lawsuits over delays stacking up as FOID delays reach average 116 days

Lawsuits over delays stacking up as FOID delays reach average 116 days

ILLINOIS (IRN) —- The backlogs for Firearm Owner Identification Cards are getting longer, up to an average of 116 days, and even longer for concealed carry cards.   As the backlogs increase, lawsuits against the state are also stacking up.   Illinois State Police say the average time for FOID card processing is 116.35 days.…read more

House GOP remains upset with Madigan investigation process

House GOP remains upset with Madigan investigation process

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Members of the House GOP remain upset that the special investigation into Speaker of the House Mike Madigan has been delayed until the election is over. The decision was made by the committee chair Democrat Chris Welch. Committee member Republican Grant Wehrli says the Governor needs to become involved in matters otherwise…read more

House GOP wants to talk budget

House GOP wants to talk budget

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Budget cuts are on the mind of everyone in state government. Democrat Governor JB Pritzker says the federal government should come up with fiscal help for state and other governments that are experiencing historic revenue shortfalls. House GOP Leader Jim Durkin doesn’t offer direct budget cuts he’d consider, but says legislators need…read more

Debate over progressive tax heats up

Debate over progressive tax heats up

ILLINOIS (IRN) — With less than four weeks until the election, those for and against the progressive tax amendment continue to present their case. The amendment would scrap the state’s flat-rate income tax for a new structure allowing lawmakers to tax different levels of income at fluctuating tax rates. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said a progressive rate that taxes the…read more

Reform group says move to hold Madigan accountable is above politics

Reform group says move to hold Madigan accountable is above politics

ILLINOIS (IRN) — While Democrats say Republicans are playing politics with the House investigation into Speaker Michael Madigan, a group promoting reforms said the issue is much bigger than that.   House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, Thursday demanded Gov. J.B. Pritzker push Madigan to testify to a House panel about ComEd admitting it…read more

Wealth adviser talks stimulus impact

Wealth adviser talks stimulus impact

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Wall Street stocks are on the rise after President Trump announced he would like to provide aid to airlines along with individual stimulus checks to Americans in the hope that lawmakers could pass a smaller aid stimulus package. With just 25 days left until the election, Kevin Kingston, a wealth advisor with…read more

Proponents, opponents of progressive income tax distance from retirement tax talk

Proponents, opponents of progressive income tax distance from retirement tax talk

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Supporters of a progressive income tax are distancing themselves from any talk about taxing retirement income.   Opponents of changing the flat tax have said small businesses will take the brunt of the proposed tax hike.   Illinois lawmakers can already change the law to tax retirement income. Some say voters approving…read more

Madigan investigating committee will meet after election in move Republicans say is stonewalling

Madigan investigating committee will meet after election in move Republicans say is stonewalling

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The next hearing into Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s involvement in a nearly decade-long bribery scheme utility ComEd admitted to will be after the election. But Democrats are asking for a data dump that Republicans say will stall accountability.   Last week, amid Republican questioning, Exelon compliance officer David Glockner revealed an…read more

FOWLER HELPS OBTAIN GRANTS FOR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED AMPHITHEATER PROJECT

FOWLER HELPS OBTAIN GRANTS FOR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED AMPHITHEATER PROJECT

VIENNA, IL — On Oct. 6, State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) was joined by Vienna Mayor Jon Simmons, Director of Tourism for the City of Vienna Phil Morris, and Brian Ziegler, Owner of Clarida & Ziegler Engineering Co., to break ground on the highly-anticipated amphitheater project in the Vienna Community Park. “This has been a…read more

Concert Calendar

RESCHEDULED- The Guess Who @ River City Casino & Hotel

RESCHEDULED- The Guess Who @ River City Casino & Hotel

RESCHEDULED – March 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm @ River City Casino & Hotel ON SALE •  PRICES • $77.50, $57.50, $52, 50, $47.50, $42.50, $29.50 TIME • Show 8:00 pm If you have purchased tickets to this show, please keep them as they will be valid for the rescheduled concert. Tickets available at River City Casino or at Ticketmaster.com. Guests must…

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