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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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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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Senator Dave Syverson Talks Taxes, Budgets, and Springfield on WROK

With much of the political news focus on Washington, we thought it would be a fine idea to invite State Senator Dave Syverson into our studio to discuss Springfield politics and personalities, and what that means to the Rockford area.

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Governor Rauner Made How Much Money Last Year?

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner released his (and wife Diana's) state and federal income tax returns, along with the tax returns for the Rauner Family Foundation on Friday, and guess what? All those rumors about Rauner being a wealthy guy? It looks like they're true.

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Illinois is the #1 State (unfortunately, it’s for high taxes)

After posting yesterday's report on Illinois' patriotism ("Study Ranks Illinois Near the Bottom of Patriotic States"), I was hoping the news release on my desk this morning that read "Illinois Hits the Top!" was some much-needed good news about our state. It wasn't.

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How Much Would Illinois Make from Recreational Marijuana?

In case you were unaware, a couple of days ago the Illinois House voted to move Illinois to ticket-based penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. It's not a done deal, though. Governor Bruce Rauner still has to sign off on it.

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Illinois is Considering to Tax Drivers by the Miles They Drive

Honestly, I am shaking my head at our government. They're considering an idea to help cover costs of road construction by taxing drivers by the miles they drive!

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