Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Statehouse Bureau Chief

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NPR Story
9:11 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Quinn Releases Tax Returns; Rauner's Waiting

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:13 pm

 Gov. Pat Quinn has released his 2013 tax returns. They show basic information: like that his taxable income is $161,962.98.

That left him paying about $7,700 in state taxes, and about $29,000 to the federal government. Plus another $3,000 or so in property taxes.

But they also reveal some other insights.

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A Call for Change
1:19 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Illinois School Funding "Protects Inequity"

Credit Rich Egger

Critics of the way Illinois funds schools say it's wrong that the quality of a child's education is based largely on his/her zip code.

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Lawmakers Supports Raises
8:03 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:27 pm

  House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.

Businesses don't like it, but a plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25, to $10.65 an hour, is before the General Assembly.

Advocates continue to try to drum up the necessary votes.

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Constitutional Amendment
10:51 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Protecting Voting Rights in Illinois

Voting rights groups are applauding a measure in the Illinois legislature that would add special protections for voters.

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Not Much for Schools in Year One
6:18 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Public Education and the Illinois Income Tax

Credit Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is selling his budget plan as a way to better fund schools. But that money doesn't come right away.

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