Illinois senators have put off a planned vote on the state’s nearly two-year budget stalemate until later this month at the earliest, but in the minds of concerned citizens opposed to the idea of any new taxes, the verdict on the so-called 'opportunity tax' has already been decided.
With the number of local governments and major cities in the throes of insolvency now sharply on the rise, a growing number of economic experts are calling for creative measures to give hard-hit municipalities their best chance of survival.
Lampooning Mike Madigan as a fake rap artist in a short animation-style spot, the Illinois Republican Party recently released a parody of the speaker via its website as it launched its 'Drop the Mike' campaign.
In a public statement, state Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) recently said term limits would be one way to help bridge the gap with GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner on his calls for reform and possibly help end the budget impasse -- a rare departure from the usual Democratic Party protocols in the General Assembly.