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.
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.
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.
Voting rights groups are applauding a measure in the Illinois legislature that would add special protections for voters.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is selling his budget plan as a way to better fund schools. But that money doesn't come right away.