Rep. John Bradley
Having given up on extending Illinois’ temporary income tax increase — at least for now — the Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget that could lead to layoffs, further delays in paying the state’s bills and a post-election vote to make the tax hike permanent or generate some other source of revenue.
A proposal that aims to create thousands of jobs in southern Illinois by kick-starting high-volume oil and gas drilling cleared a top committee Tuesday, sending it on to the House floor.
Congress isn’t the only government body facing a “financial cliff.” Illinois lawmakers also are being warned about the state’s dire financial situation, which could get even worse if the federal government has to slash funding to the states.
A new legislative panel has been formed to study Illinois’ corporate tax structure. The commission comes as some of Illinois’ largest companies threaten to leave.
The Illinois House has voted to abolish the state’s workers’ compensation system, instead shifting such claims to the state’s circuit court system.
A bill that would pave the way for ethanol-based E15 fuel in Illinois is rattling around the Illinois House.
Gov. Pat Quinn still says workers’ compensation is his biggest legislative priority this month, but he’s still offering few details about when lawmakers will see his plan on the floor.
One way or another, the budget numbers have to come together in Springfield.
A proposal to do away with Illinois’ workers’ compensation system has passed a house committee.