- State Journal-Register—Plan to limit pension sweeteners advances in Illinois House, “A state constitutional amendment aimed at making it harder to sweeten public employee pensions moved to the floor of the Illinois House Tuesday, but its sponsor, House Speaker Michael Madigan, couldn’t answer key questions about the measure.”
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- Bloomington Pantagraph, Editorial— More timely budget figures welcome addition: “Government transparency doesn’t just mean making information public; transparency includes making that information easy to find. Therefore, Illinoisans should be happy to see a new “page” on the state of Illinois website that provides more timely information about expenditures — and how they match the budget.”
- Rockford Register Star— State unemployment insurance tax will go up for nearly all businesses: “A firm’s tax rate is calculated using three factors: its “experience factor,” based on how many of its former employees have filed unemployment claims; the state’s experience rate, calculated by the fund’s expenses and revenues; and an additional fund-building rate to help keep the fund liquid.”
- State Journal Register, Editorial— Nix illogical expansion of gambling: “We don’t foresee an expansion like this one bringing in more gambling money … We also see it as another step toward treating gambling not as a tourist draw — an important component of the argument for legalizing riverboat gambling 19 years ago — but as a means of extracting money from Illinois citizens.”