Mayor’s 911 Surcharge Fix, Long Stalled Amusement Tax Change Advances Out Of Finance Committee June 27, 2017 By Claudia Morell - Chicago would still have the authority to collect a surcharge on prepaid wireless services under a change to the municipal code the Council’s Finance Committee approved, protecting the city from losing out on nearly $9 million in annual revenue.

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With Uncertainty On State Telecommunications Bill, Emanuel Will Ask Aldermen To Amend City Code June 26, 2017 By Claudia Morell and A.D. Quig - With uncertainty in Springfield on a telecommunications bill that would renew Chicago’s authority to tax prepaid wireless services at 9%, the Emanuel Administration has come up with a plan B to be directly introduced in Finance Committee Monday.

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Appointments for Budget, IG, Water Dept.; Veteran-Owned Biz Up In Budget Cmte. June 27, 2017 By A.D. Quig - A slew of promotions and reappointments that Mayor Emanuel announced in an epic Friday news dump last month are up for hearings Tuesday in the Budget Committee

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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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