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Gov. J.B. Pritzker outlined a $41.6 billion budget proposal Wednesday that would hold most state agencies at flat funding levels but which relies heavily on increased federal funds as well as changes to the state’s corporate tax structure that lawmakers have not yet approved.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared a disaster proclamation for Illinois on Tuesday, after a winter storm blanketed wide sections of the state with sn…

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Since Democrats gained complete control of the federal lawmaking levers in the 2020 elections, some Congressional leaders from both major political parties have expressed support for the return of earmarks, the practice of funding specific projects in broader spending bills.

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SPRINGFIELD — As the state government attempts to close a multi-billion-dollar budget hole, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has said he is prepared to vote for an increase to the state’s flat income tax rate, should the governor request it — a proposal met with pushback from his Republican counterpart, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

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