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Chicago’s Reviled Soda Tax is Getting a $2M Commercial Campaign

A new, penny-per-ounce tax on all sweetened, pre-packaged beverages in Chicago--aka the "Pop Tax"--went into effect on August 1st, and not surprisingly, poll after poll has shown that the majority (68%) of those asked about the pop tax absolutely hate it.

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Governor Rauner on the WROK Morning Show Talking Schools and Funding

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is none-too-pleased about the recent override of his veto, which has resulted in a major tax increase and some serious friction involving school funding. This morning, he joined us to spread the word about SB-1, and why he's dead set against it.

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It Turns Out That Illinois Doesn’t Have Budget Problems–We Have Catfish Problems

Put the budget and the other financial problems Illinois is having on the back burner! As Illinois taxpayers wait to see if lawmakers can craft a budget before session ends May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting restaurants from labeling a menu item as catfish unless it actually contains catfish. Seriously.

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NIU Political Science Professor Matt Streb on Trump, Taxes, and Springfield

For nearly a decade, Matt Streb, political science professor and faculty athletic representative at Northern Illinois University, has been joining us on Wednesday mornings for a topical discussion of the political world.

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Take a Look at What Illinoisans Pay Every Single Day in Gas Taxes

Just when you thought it was safe to take a little break from thinking about taxes, we get a new report that details what we're spending on gas taxes. Looking it over, it seems that every day is tax day.

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How Illinois’ Tax Burden Compares With Other States

Don't look now, but on the 18th of this month, Uncle Sam, on both the state and federal levels, will be looking for his cut of your earnings. If you've ever had the feeling that a bigger piece of your pie gets taken here in Illinois than in many other states--you're right.

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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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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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Binge Watching in Rockford Could Cost You More Soon

If you're addicted to streaming services like Netflix or Spotify, get ready to take a bigger hit to your pocketbook if the Illinois legislator gets its way. 

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