Illinois’ population losses greater in youth, working-age residents than retirees

Illinois’ youth and working-age professionals are leaving in greater numbers than other age groups, including retirees, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Illinois State Police warn drivers to think twice about texting behind the wheel

Illinois’ laws for distracted driving are being reclassified so that texting behind the wheel will carry a stiffer penalty next month.

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Cannabis grower predicts exponential industry growth in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to legalize recreational cannabis use and sales for adults and one of the state’s medical marijuana companies is preparing for exponential growth.

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Moody’s weighs in on Illinois budget, spending, but says pension woes still harm local government

Credit ratings agency Moody’s says the state’s public schools and local municipalities walk away as the biggest winners from Illinois’ newly enacted budget and coming infrastructure spending but make no mention of any potential upgrade to the state’s near-junk credit rating.

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Analysis shows Illinois’ proposed progressive tax rates include ‘punishing’ hikes compared to other states

A new analysis of Illinois’ proposed progressive income tax rates found the state would have steeper rate increases among higher income brackets than other states with graduated income tax structures, something the authors said “punishes” wealthy Illinoisans.

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Illinois employee union contract includes 11.5 percent in pay hikes over 4 years

Illinois’ largest state employee union is poised to keep its workers among the highest-paid state employees in the nation – with wages surpassing the average private-sector employee in the state – under the terms of a pending four-year contract deal.

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Alexander ranks the poorest of Illinois counties

Alexander was ranked the poorest county in Illinois in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the least affluent regions in all 50 states.

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Moody’s weighs in on Illinois budget, spending, but says pension woes still harm local government

Credit ratings agency Moody’s says the state’s public schools and local municipalities walk away as the biggest winners from Illinois’ newly enacted budget and coming infrastructure spending but make no mention of any potential upgrade to the state’s near-junk credit rating.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Gambling expansion bill to bring casino, and jobs, to Southern Illinois

Both houses of the legislature have passed a bill that would greatly expand legalized gambling throughout the state.

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Walmart is top employer in Illinois

Walmart employs 52,603 workers in Illinois, making it the largest employer in the state, according to a recent analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

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