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    2014 Veto Session Wrap-Up

    The common theme of the in 2014 Veto Session seemed to be Governor Quinn and liberal Chicago special interests attempting to cram through as much of their damaging agenda as possible before a pro-business governor takes office. But, there is hope. In SB 16, an education funding formula, we saw the legislative process at its best.

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    Damage Control

    Faced with multiple and inconsistent proposals to raise the minimum wage at both the state and local level, the Restaurant Association’s endorsement of an $11 minimum wage statewide is an attempt to minimize the damage to their industry and to create some measure of predictability in a state that views them as an ATM machine, as opposed to a critical stakeholder.

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    Pension Pressure

    Recently, Judge Jon Belz declared the pension reform bill (SB1) unconstitutional. If the Illinois Supreme Court upholds this decision, it will intensify the state’s rising fiscal pressure… When the Supreme Court offers its position, legislators must be ready to act.

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