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by Ashlee Rezin
5:39pm
Wed Mar 6, 2013

Quinn's Budget Address Pits Pensions Against Education, Social Services

Gov. Pat Quinn turned up the rhetoric on pension reform during today’s state budget address, largely putting the blame on lawmakers for their failure to act.

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by Nathan Greenhalgh
4:33pm
Wed Mar 6, 2013

State Budget Needs To Be Simplified For More Transparency, Public Understanding

Improving the public’s understanding of how the Illinois state budget works will contribute to better policy decisions by elected officials, according to a new policy brief from the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices For Illinois Children.

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by Ashlee Rezin
6:47pm
Mon Mar 4, 2013

Illinois Business Leaders Call On Counterparts To Support Immigration Reform

It is economically imperative for America, and the Midwest specifically, to further embrace immigrant populations into its workforce, according to a panel of Illinois’ business executives who urged immigration reform today at The Chicago Club.

The panel, which was comprised of members of the Chicago Council On Global Affairs’ Task Force on Immigration and U.S. Economic Competitiveness, introduced a recent report (PDF) that discusses the role of immigrants in the corporate sector. The group also encouraged members of The Chicago Club to support economic policies that would advance immigrants in the job sector.

“We as a nation must work harder to attract and retain immigrant talent and avoid wasting the potential of the immigrants already here,” the report reads. “Our problem: the nation’s broken immigration system is holding back the region’s economic growth and clouding its future.”

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