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1040 Federal Tax Return (credit: AP)

Is Tax Policy To Blame For Illinois’ Problems?

As people focus on their tax returns this weekend, two politically opposed budget watchdogs are differing strongly about the role taxes are playing in Illinois’ financial problems right now.

WBBM Newsradio–04/13/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget Plan

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

City Council Chambers

Think Tank: Seizing Tax Refunds Won’t Help City Budget

The head of a conservative think tank calls the plan to intercept ticket scofflaws’ tax refunds a desperate money grab by the city.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed Legislation

Illinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.

CBS 2–02/15/2012

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UPDATED: Education Reform Proposal Moving Forward

A major school reform package advanced in an Illinois Senate committee in Springfield on Thursday, with an unusual coalition of lawmakers, school districts and teachers unions supporting the measure.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011