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  • 02.14.2019
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Crain’s Chicago Business – Pritzker: Illinois deficit to be $435M more than Rauner estimated

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said today that if no action is taken, Illinois’ budget deficit for the new fiscal year would be $435 million more than the Rauner administration estimated in November. The deficit is $3.2 billion, Pritzker’s office sa...

  • 02.14.2019
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Bloomington Pantagraph: Illinois budget woes worse than previously thought

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois faces a potential budget deficit of $3.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, far more than former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration projected late last year. That’s t...

  • 02.08.2019
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Crain’s Chicago Business: AARP Op-Ed – Elite business group’s tax plan unfairly hits average Illinoisans

There’s no doubt Illinois is in a financial mess. But the proposal to fix it offered up this week by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago—senior executives from the Chicago area’s leading employers—shows little regard for Illinois...

  • 01.16.2019
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Reuters: New Illinois governor promises balanced budget for state

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Billionaire political newcomer J.B. Pritzker took office as Illinois governor on Monday, pledging to pass a balanced budget and take on the state’s “challenging” financial problems with “hard choices.” The inauguration addre...

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NPR Illinois: The Pritzker Agenda

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s. That ...

  • 01.14.2019
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Crain’s Chicago Business: Pot, minimum wage, child care: What are Pritzker’s first priorities?

Look for fast action to raise the minimum wage, legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use and boost child welfare and early school funding. Passing a new state budget will be a slog, with a much-needed capital program wrapped into that ...

  • Elections 2018: Seeking Fiscal Solutions

    10/02/20184:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Union League Club of Chicago, Crystal Room, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago IL 60604

    On October 2, 2018, join AARP Illinois, NPR Illinois, and Illinois Issues Forum for a Town Hall meeting in Chicago, to share your story and concerns on how the fiscal crisis is impacting your community.

    Honored panelists for the evening are:
    *Joseph Mancino, Mayor of the Village of Hawthorn Woods and Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
    *Zaldwaynaka Z. Scott, President of Chicago State University
    *Edwin Eisendrath, CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times
    *AJ Wilhelmi, President and CEO of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association
    *Rosanna Marquez, State President of AARP IL

    Make sure your voice is heard. Stand up and share how Illinois’ prolonged fiscal crisis is impacting your life.

    Refreshment will be served starting from 4:30 pm.  Live broadcast will start at 5:30 pm and end at 6:30 pm.

    The event is FREE.  Call 1-877-926-8300 to RSVP or RSVP online here.

    Spread the word and read more on the upcoming Chicago State Budget Forum.

    AARP will also be hosting two viewing locations:

    Chicago’s Little Village/Pilsen Neighborhood
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
    Arturo Velasquez Institute 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
    RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/LVPforums or call toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

    Chicago’s Bronzeville Neighborhood
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Doors will open at 5 p.m.
    Gallery Guichard, 436 East 47th Street , Chicago, IL 60653
    Please RSVP at 1-877-926-8300 or register online at: aarp.cvent.com/BronzevilleForum