Low income Illinois families will get bigger tax refunds under legislation signed into law Tuesday.Gov. Pat Quinn put his signature on a bill helping poor, working families. Single parents working a minimum wage job earning about $12,800 annually will save about $150 on their taxes next year.
At the last minute, lawmakers in Springfield changed direction on a plan to close seven state hospitals and prisons.Members of the Illinois House and Senate shifted money in the state budget late Tuesday to keep the facilities open, for now.Most of the money will come from $376 million Gov.
Tuesday is the final, scheduled day of state lawmakers’ fall session. They added the day to their calendars to tie up loose ends after meeting in October and early November without finishing their business.Lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called a meeting Thursday morning of top leaders in Springfield. After a bruising start to the fall veto session, Quinn hopes to set a clearer path for November.The veto session has been bumpy so far for Gov. Quinn.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he will follow the advice of Gov. Pat Quinn.He’ll ask his Senate colleagues to vote on a scaled-down casino bill that does not include slot machines at horse-racing tracks. Cullerton will call it for a vote, knowing it most likely won’t pass.State Sen.
Fearing further setbacks to their negotiated contracts, members of organized labor are heading into the fall veto session this week with raised fists.Their angst is shared by dozens of special interest groups including retirees, casino operators and state vendors competing for scarce revenue in what