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Illinois Policy’s Kristina Rasmussen Breaks Down Springfield’s Grand Bargain on WROK

As an Illinois taxpayer, maybe you're aware of something being worked on in Springfield called "The Grand Bargain." As Illinois Policy's Kristina Rasmussen explained to us today on the WROK Morning Show, given the host of financial problems our state has--it's not grand, and it certainly not a bargain for taxpayers.

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New Poll Says That Illinois Voters Want Pot to be Legalized

First, it was medical marijuana, then decriminalization, now lawmakers in Springfield have moved the discussion on to the legalization of pot. Does it surprise you that voters in Illinois say that they support this measure?

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Rockford Mayoral Candidate Brian Leggero Stops By the WROK Morning Show

Rockford's general election is Tuesday, April 4th, and early voting started at the Board of Elections office on March 17th, running through April 3rd. If you haven't been paying much attention to the candidates for the job of Rockford mayor, one of them stopped in this morning to let you know where he stands, and to ask for your vote.

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Looking For a High-Income Job? Being a Mayor Here in Illinois Pays Pretty Well

So, I'm sitting here in the office looking at an email from IllinoisPolicy about mayoral salaries here in Illinois, and I'm starting to think that perhaps I've made a vocational error. I'm learning that some of Illinois' mayors are among the highest-payed mayors in the entire world.

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Congressman Kinzinger Talks ObamaCare Repeal and Tax Reform on WROK

With a lot of buzz surrounding the current efforts to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined us this morning on the WROK Morning Show to discuss where we are in that process, and where we're going.

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Why is Wisconsin Attracting So Many People From Illinois?

Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at IllinoisPolicy.org joined us today on the WROK Morning Show, and he brought with him several startling facts about the state of our state. One big takeaway from our conversation is: Illinois is losing people.

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Illinois Has the Highest Tax Rates in America

It's tax season once again, so keep in mind that you've got about a month to change over from the "wearing of the green" to the "sending of your green" to the government. Woo-hoo.

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Raising Illinois’ Speed Limits–A Good Thing, or A Dangerous Idea?

In August of 2013, then-Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that raised the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph, despite opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation, state police and leading roadway safety organizations, who feared increased mayhem on the highways, especially between cars and trucks. Now, we're looking at raising those limits again.

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When You Outlaw Butter, Outlaws Will Come to Illinois to Get It

Our friends to the north in Wisconsin take a few things pretty seriously. Things like: Packers football, string cheese and fireworks roadside stands, Packers football, other types of cheese sold at roadside stands, beer, sausage, cheese  hats, and of course, Packers football. Oh yeah, and butter. They take butter very, very seriously.

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If You Feel You’re Paying a Lot in Illinois Property Taxes, You’re Right

As recent reports have shown, Illinois is leading the Midwest in outbound migration, or, in other words, people leaving the state. If you've lived here in Illinois for a while, you know there are lots of reasons given for people bolting the state. One of those reasons is high property taxes.

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