Illinois received positive economic news this week, as Amazon Inc., Cronus Chemicals and Coyote Logistics announced plans to either establish future facilities in Illinois or, in the case of Coyote Logistics, expand its already existing location.
Cronus, Amazon and Coyote Logistics’ plans to expand in Illinois are a boon for the state, particularly when taking into account the results of two separate studies that placed Illinois in the bottom half of states when it comes to business tax climate and job growth.
A report from the legislature’s bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) is a mix of good and bad news on municipal pensions in Illinois.
It’s once again time for Medicare participants to consider changes to their healthcare plans. The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and “Part D” prescription plans is now underway.
In conjunction with the Medicare open enrollment period, the Kaiser Family Foundation has issued two reports analyzing key market changes in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug programs.
A federal judge has sided with a longtime anti-patronage crusader, ruling that hiring practices at the state’s Department of Transportation have been so corrupted by political influence under Governor Pat Quinn and his predecessor that a federal monitor is now needed.
Local school districts are facing curriculum and testing changes that put teachers and students under added pressure to meet new goals; and Illinois’ regional superintendents want local school districts to know they can help them meet these new challenges at no cost to the local schools.
Another Quinn administration jobs initiative is drawing headlines for wasting taxpayer dollars and failing to provide marketable job training skills.
A new forecast of state and local government credit conditions ranks Illinois last in the region for job growth.
Although no cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been reported in the state, the Illinois Hospital Association has compiled a fact sheet on the disease and the risks associated with it
Loan applications are now being accepted for fire department and fire protection districts wishing to purchase fire and brush trucks. Thanks to bipartisan legislation approved this year (SB 2690) loans will be available for up to $350,000 – an increase of $100,000.
Proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, often known as “fracking,” have been put on hold until Nov. 6 by the bipartisan legislative committee that reviews state regulations.
A Sangamon County Judge set Nov. 20 for a key hearing on pension changes that were approved by lawmakers late last year, but have been put on hold while the court considers the constitutionality of the law.
Though Governor Quinn contends the troubled violence prevention program was not linked to his campaign for Governor, recently emails have surfaced that cast doubt on Quinn’s claims.
Illinois ranks 48th in the nation in “Economic Outlook” according to the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” an annual analysis of the relative economic outlook of the states, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council.