Emanuel Administration: Commuter Flat Tax Could Net $170 Million October 17, 2017 By A.D. Quig and Claudia Morell - If Chicago imposed a flat income tax on commuters working within city limits, the city could generate an additional $420 million a year. If imposed only on non-Chicago commuters, $170 million could be generated. That is according to tax projections the Emanuel administration sent aldermen this week ahead of his 2018 budget release Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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Democratic Legislators Call For Halt To Voter Registration Interstate Crosscheck Program October 18, 2017 By Mike Fourcher - Four Democratic legislators appeared before the State Board of Elections to call for the state to stop sharing voter registration rolls as part of a cross check program aimed at removing double registrants from the rolls.

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No Objection For 29 Rules Expected For JCAR October 17, 2017 By Mike Fourcher - New rules for the Renewable Portfolio Standard, loosened rules for teacher licensure, and the elimination of a taxpayer ombudsman at the Illinois Department of Revenue are expected to sail through the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting Tuesday morning. Committee members contacted by The Daily Line say every one of the 29 items up for consideration are slated for the “No Objection” list.

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ACA Repeal: What Illinois Stands to Lose

The potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is as much about municipal budgets and economics as it is about the individuals who rely on it for coverage. Federal Medicaid reimbursements, newly created preventive care grants, and financial incentives have been a boon for hospitals and health centers across Illinois. In this special episode of The Aldercast, we take a deeper dive into this topic to explain what the healthcare landscape was like in Illinois before the ACA, how it changed, and what it has to lose from a potential repeal.

 

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