Chicago's taxi cab cartel donated $180,750 to 61 state legislators in 2014-15, including Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), encouraging them to help preserve their traditional monopoly by banning ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft in Illinois.
The one-year, $365,000 sabbatical paid to a former University of Illinois chancellor is an example of the type of wasteful spending that needs to be eliminated in Illinois, the Better Government Association (BGA) contended recently.
Future guests -- or just interested passersby -- are invited to attend the groundbreaking for the Champaign Hampton Inn by Horve Hospitality at 11 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to a press release from the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.
While state lawmakers ended a two-year budget impasse, the measures adopted by the Illinois Legislature will not fix the state's fiscal mess, an analyst who co-wrote a paper that places the state 49th in long-run solvency told the Sangamon Sun.
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has lost or terminated 21 staffers in the wake of the passage of a contentious budget plan and an unpopular tax hike on July 6, which many saw as a major political defeat for Rauner and many GOP lawmakers.
Illinois’ economy will take decades to recover from the state’s current pension and workers’ compensation obligations, to say nothing of the debts continually being added because of a significant lack of reform, according to a blistering analysis from Chicago attorney Eugene Keefe.