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John Sullivan
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by Ellyn Fortino
6:00pm
Thu Aug 8

Report: Hundreds Of ALEC Bills Introduced This Year Promote A Corporate Agenda

In the first six months of 2013, 466 pieces of ALEC-backed legislation promoting the agenda of “polluters, privatizers, and profiteers” were introduced in statehouses across the country, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Progress Illinois takes a closer look at ALEC and the legislation for which it advocates.

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10:49am
Tue May 31, 2011

Number Of The Week: $6.17 Billion

That is the amount of money that a four-bill borrowing package would have approved to pay down the state’s mounting backlog of debt. The money would pay back debt from state contracts with vendors, health care providers and schools, and also pays down corporate tax refunds owed to businesses.

The four bills sponsored by Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) were approved this week by the Senate Executive Committee -- along a party-line vote of 9 to 6. SB 342 would pay back $1.5 billion to state vendors, non-government organizations and businesses with state contracts. SB 343 would pay back $1.1 billion to heath care providers for the state’s own group health insurance. SB 344 would pay back $800 million to businesses who are owed corporate tax refunds. SB 345 would pay schools (including public districts, community colleges and universities) a total of $2.7 billion. SB 342 failed by a vote of 19 to 23 over the holiday weekend.
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