SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
“Fair Tax” defeated, “millionaire’s tax” advances

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

* The House Revenue Committee has voted down a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax while approving Speaker Madigan’s “millionaire’s tax” - a three percent surcharge on income over $1 million.

Today, by the way, was the “Fair Tax” Statehouse lobby day. The group has focused more of its progressive tax efforts on the Senate, but it got a taste of harsh reality in House Revenue today. A rally is scheduled for noon.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


52 Comments
  1. - Norseman - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    The Great Oz has spoken!


  2. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Our Fair Tax friends are naive in their expectation that some Republicans will join their cause, or that Franks will change his mind.


  3. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:50 am:

    As expected, from reading this blog and getting great insight. The Fair Tax people didn’t lose completely, because if they want more revenue for education, they might have their chance yet with the millionaire surcharge.


  4. - Just Me - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    Voting to raise taxes on someone else is always politically popular.


  5. - Mokenavince - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    Madigan and the Dems will get us a new tax. How original.


  6. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:57 am:

    Kind of puts a damper on the rally.


  7. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Voting to raise taxes on someone else is always politically popular.

    For a long time I have proposed my Tax On other People or (TOP) tax Plan..

    These include
    A tax of lite beer
    A tax on Cubs tickets
    A tax on country/western music
    A tax on any beer that advertises on TV that isn’t Sam Adams
    A tax on garages that can hold more than 2 cars.
    A tax on anything besides shampoo that they sell for hair.


  8. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    So you think they will bail on the rally and just go grab a beer and a horseshoe?


  9. - From the 'Dale to HP - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:07 pm:

    Wonder if they have enough time to turn the rally into a “funeral for the middle class”.


  10. - Carl Nyberg - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    Is the roll call posted online?


  11. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    So who will the ten Dem targets be that get to vote NO on the Quinn tax? I’m guessing Andrade, Cloonan, Moylan, Willis, Conroy, Sente, Mussman, Scherer, and Farnham’s replacement (to be named later). That’s nine. So who is number ten?


  12. - jake - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    A Better Illinois really screwed up by not emphasizing tax cuts for the majority of people. “A Better Illinois” sounded like bigger government. It would have been far better to call it “Middle Class Tax Relief” which would have been completely accurate. One of the major people in it told me that one of the Reps had said he would support progressive tax rates if they were revenue neutral, and she said to me “What is the point of that?” I pointed out to her that our low income groups in Illinois are very heavily taxed relative to other states and need relief. The fact that she wasn’t already thinking about this, and was traveling the state promoting the amendment, spoke volumes.


  13. - Rod - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    I am getting emails claiming that Jack Franks was put on the Revenue Committee of the whole as a replacement by the Speaker and that he led the charge against HJRCA0033. Can anyone verify that?


  14. - Allen Skillicorn - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:00 pm:

    Anon 12:44, since the 3% tax increase is a Constitutional Amendment, all 71 Dems are needed.

    It’s great politically, because people loving taxing someone else, but fiscally it’s very short-sighted.

    More status quo out of Springfield!


  15. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    The Quinn tax plan gets support from the top two Democrats, the millionaire surcharge is advancing and the Fair Tax gets shot down.

    Bitter pills all around.


  16. - Lord Stanley's Cup - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    @Rod - That’s wrong. The standing Revenue Committee defeated the amendment.


  17. - LakeviewJ - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:32 pm:

    Anon 12:44- As far as I know, Andrade doesn’t even have a fall opponent. The race in that district is the primary, Andrade will be a yes.


  18. - Frustrated Voter - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:36 pm:

    I really wish they would quit calling it a “Fair Tax”. Here is the real Fair Tax:

    www.fairtax.org


  19. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    @Frustrated Voter:

    Taxing services would hit the poor extremely hard. I understand the appeal of a simple service tax but I don’t think I would classify it as “fair.”


  20. - ChinaTown - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    ==A Better Illinois really screwed up by not emphasizing tax cuts for the majority of people.==

    The Harmon proposal seems like an implicit acknowledgement of that… and the message of tax cuts for 94% is now front and center. Perhaps too little too late… we’ll see.


  21. - Dirty Red - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    Carl, it was a partisan roll call.


  22. - Jimbo - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:09 pm:

    Frustrated, calling something fair doesn’t mean it is… In either case. Neither one is the “real” fair tax. One is a regressive tax on services that the poor will pay a larger share of their income in, and the other is a progressive tax in which the rich will pay a larger proportion of their income. The only tax that hits everyone equally is zero, and that isn’t feasible. So I’m sorry fella, there is no tax scheme that treats everyone equally. We can argue about which ones are most equitable, but no one can say their tax is the “real” fair tax.

    Just an FYI, the first tax scheme named the “fair tax” was not called the fair tax until Luntz or someone like him renamed it to make it sound more acceptable. Guys like Rauner don’t spend all of their income so taxing only money that is spent hits folks hitting paycheck to paycheck much harder than folks socking cash away. Also, your “fair” tax creates a disincentive to spend money. That is bad for the economy. The progressive “fair” tax makes wealthy folks pay more, and maybe you don’t think that’s fair, but the extra taxes they pay don’t mean they can’t eat or afford shelter. Extra sales taxes could very well mean that for the lowest earners in IL.


  23. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:14 pm:

    If it feels good, do it.

    Of course, should many of the wealthy decide to become “tax exiles,” Illinois may collect nothing at all from those who depart, but, hey, it’s the thought that counts, not the results.


  24. - Walker - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:15 pm:

    Realism wasn’t cynicism.


  25. - Generation X - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:22 pm:

    So incredibly frustrating that this State refuses to consider alternative to taxing our way out of the fiscal mess.

    Legalize Marijuana and more taxing may not be necessary. Colorado is likely to see 50 Million or so in tax revenue from legalization. More importantly it is a new legal industry creating jobs. So far they have given 160 licenses for businesses to sell which has created thousands of jobs.

    Illinois is roughly double the size of Colorado so the results could be much larger. Jobs would be created growing, selling, transporting and from head shops.


  26. - Commander Norton - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:31 pm:

    You called it, Norseman. A resounding defeat in committee (not a quiet death in Rules, nor a dramatic showdown on the House floor) is a clear message from the Speaker that it’s time for the progressives to take their toys and go home.

    Again, if only the unions had been willing to face reality earlier and had focused their efforts on more productive pursuits…


  27. - Keyser Soze - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:37 pm:

    Bye bye millionaires. Florida beckons.


  28. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:03 pm:

    So Cynical, Rich. :)

    YDD


  29. - AnonymousOne - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:05 pm:

    Those poor millionaires don’t have many places to run off to! Florida is one, of course, but the rest of the states have figured out that they can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. Taxing the homeless, unemployed and middle class doesn’t get you as much. If you want to secure revenue, you have to get it from those who have it to pay. When asked why a bank robber robbed banks, his reply, “That’s where the money is!” Duh.


  30. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:06 pm:

    –Of course, should many of the wealthy decide to become “tax exiles,”–

    –Bye bye millionaires. Florida beckons.==

    Yeah, Beverly Hills, Marin County, Park Avenue, Belgravia, — practically ghost towns.

    So, because of the pleasant climate, you’re in Chicago pulling down a million a year in taxable income, you’re going to pull up stakes….

    ….why? Aren’t you pretty successful where you’re at?

    If you’re very rich, you can live anywhere in the world — if you can keep making the bucks. Yet the highest concentration of wealthy people are in the highest tax cities in the world.

    They’re high maintenance; they want to be taken care of. They pay for it.

    Maybe that marginal tax rate isn’t the game-changer that the nebbies are led to believe.

    By the way, did Jimmy John move his hq out of Champaign yet? He was shedding crocodile tears four years ago. But last I saw, he was an Illinois GOP delegate for Romney.

    Why does anyone buy this tax-exile stuff? If you can’t spot the chump the first time the deal goes round, you’re it.


  31. - Truthteller - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:06 pm:

    Rational fiscal policy takes another hit in the Illinois House of Representatives where good legislation goes to die.
    The one thing that the Fair Tax does that neither the Madigan nor the Quinn plan do is create the possibility that state revenues will match the state’s expenses.
    Much too far-sighted for Quinn and Madigan who are farsighted enough to see all the way to the next election and not a day beyond.
    The cynics, masquerading as realists, need to explain how we are going to get our fiscal house in order.
    How high are they willing to raise the flat tax?
    What services do they want to slash?
    Are they willing to let the state limp along, with vendors waiting forever to be paid and the state forever mired in a pile of overdue bills?


  32. - Frustrated Voter - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:15 pm:

    @Demoralized - Obviously you have no understanding of the real FairTax, and didn’t bother to check out the site and how it works. It essentially un-taxes the poor, in that their first $31,000 of annual spending wouldn’t be subject to tax, via the pre-bate:

    http://www.fairtax.org/PDF/PrebateExplained.pdf


  33. - Generation X - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    Wordslinger is right. All this leave the state stuff is totally overblown. You aren’t going to leave a million + income here unless you can seamlessly replicate that success elsewhere. Very Difficult.

    However, what they may do while staying in this state is cut back on discretionary spending. Maybe not buying the new car or redoing the add on room or whatever. A million is alot in some parts of the state but lets not pretend that this tax will only hit the Rauners of the world. You could not live long in Chicago frivolously on a million per year. These people have budgets and 30,000+ will always be missed.


  34. - Cassandra - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    Since a constitutional change is apparently required for both taxes (answering my own question above)then does it matter which tax gets through in the near term. The important change would be to abolish the flat tax requirement in the constitution. The it’s Hallelujah or Katy bar the door, depending on one’s perspective. If the real goal is to abolish the flat tax, then the
    millionaires’ tax might be the more effective political tactic. Especially if populism is going
    to be a central Democratic theme in the runup to 2016.


  35. - x ace - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    Caterpillar - “Tax Evasion” Allegations being Investigated

    State Farm - Big time lawsuit (Hale v. State) Farm alleges “Racketeering” involving Big Money appeal( Avery v State Farm ) and the 2004 Illinois
    Supreme Court Race

    So taxing or motivating those “Millionearner” executives ain’t a bad idea.


  36. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:43 pm:

    @Frustrated Voter:

    I understood it and looked at the site. I just disagree with you that it’s a “fair” tax. I stand by my comment.


  37. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:49 pm:

    @Truthteller -

    I do not disagree that a graduated income tax is rational.

    The problem is that you have not convinced the majority of constituents of a majority of Revenue Committee members it is rational.

    Better yet, just get all your troops together and spend a week or two knocking on doors in Leader Durkin’s district, and convince him to take the brick off the measure and maybe even put some votes on it.

    Or did you honestly think you were going to be able to pass it through the Illinois House without a single Republican vote?

    It’s not cynicism, it is math.


  38. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    word, I think Jimmy John just relocated himself to Florida, leaving HQ (and a tacky McMansion) behind in C-U. Worry not, though. He “commutes” aboard his Challenger.


  39. - RNUG - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 6:21 pm:

    - Cassandra - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    As far as I can see, only a graduated tax would clearly require a constitutional amendment.

    Retaining the existing 5% rate is not in conflict with the constitution. Even raising that rate higher would not be in conflict. However, as Rich has pointed out (and even though I’ve joked about it), you can’t get radical with personal exemptions to the point where it totally undermines the flat tax provision. Maybe you could get away with moving the personal exemption up one or two thousand but you won’t be able to move it tens of thousands.

    The so-called millionaire’s tax may or may not require an amendment. It will probably come down to the exact language used. By making it a surcharge, as opposed to part of the actual income tax, the GA could be legally skirting the flat income tax provision … because the GA says it isn’t a tax, it’s a surcharge! Remember, the presumption is that any law passed by the GA is legal and constitutional until proved otherwise in court, and part of that determination is the intent of the GA as determined by the on record discussion of the bill.


  40. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 6:46 pm:

    OneMan, I can sign on to all of your tax plan except that garage thing. I’ll never be Jay Leno, but if I hit the Lotto, I would get a couple wheeled toys and a man-cave to house them.


  41. - Anon. - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 9:01 pm:

    ==The so-called millionaire’s tax may or may not require an amendment. It will probably come down to the exact language used. By making it a surcharge, as opposed to part of the actual income tax, the GA could be legally skirting the flat income tax provision … because the GA says it isn’t a tax, it’s a surcharge!==

    The millionaire’s tax IS a constitutional amendment (HJRCA 51), and it is needed. Art. IX, Section 3:

    “A tax on or measured by income shall be at a
    non-graduated rate. At any one time there may be no more than one such tax imposed by the State for State purposes on individuals and one such tax so imposed on corporations.”

    Call it what you will, it would be a second tax measured by income and unconstitutional without amendment.


  42. - RNUG - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 10:58 pm:

    Oneman,

    I’ve also got a problem with your garage tax. I hope the garage proposal is just a trial balloon bargaining chip …

    AA,

    I’m not in Leno’s class either, but for the first time in over 30 years, I finally managed to afford to build a garage to shelter all my cars.


  43. - RNUG - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:00 pm:

    - Anon. - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 9:01 pm:

    Thanks.


  44. - amerigom - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 4:01 am:

    The Fair Tax does not have a “Rate”, The Fair Tax oes not “favor” any particular “class”! The Fair does two tings; Eliminates the Income tax, and taxes cosumption and service. Not rocket science; simple taxing without any if’s; and’s or but’s! OH! One other advantage; It will cut down the number of tax “collectors”!


  45. - DuPage Moderate - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 7:59 am:

    I love the speculation that millionaires won’t flee the state or haven’t left the state? The migration reports seem to prove the exact opposite.

    All I know is in the last week 4 of my close business associates who make north of this mark, have stated that they’re going to relocate to their winter homes in Naples. With technology, it’s really not that hard.

    Besides, the ones making the most money are the ones most able to flee.

    I can’t wait until the tax eating reps figure that out and directly tax those making $200,000-$500,000…because they’re likely stuck. And they’re “rich”…so they’re an easy target for wealth redistribution and voting backlash.

    What do you expect is going to happen when we continually pander to the lowest common denominator. I fear for my kids future around here.


  46. - PublicServant - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 8:44 am:

    @Dupage Moderate - Thanks for the anecdotal evidence…always persuasive…NOT!


  47. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 8:45 am:

    DM, a lot of people say they’re going to relocate. Actually doing so is another story. Look at Jimmy John.


  48. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 8:50 am:

    @DuPage Dan -

    “Pander to the lowest common denominator.”

    You do realize that half the households in Illinois live on less than $56,000 a year, right?

    What you call pandering to the “lowest common denominator” some folks would call “democracy.”

    Now, by virtue of the fact that you are here, I am going to assume that you are not a big fan of oligarchies, and you don’t believe that public policy ought to be bent to the cacoethes of not just the one-percenters, but the tenth-of-a-percenters?

    So, you and all your friends who own summer homes in Naples tell me what you recommend. Is 3% too high but something more like 2.5% okay? Or do you think we can somehow provide a worldclass education for 4 million children each year without any additional revenue?

    And please, don’t give me that “grow the economy” or “eliminate waste” rhetoric.


  49. - PublicServant - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 8:51 am:

    @amerigom-A consumption tax decreases demand, and our economy is heavily dependent on demand. We need to encourage consumption, not discourage it, and we only need to encourage savings up to only a reasonable amount. Anything in excess of that, should be taxed and used to rebuild this country’s infrastructure. That’s what a progressive income tax does, and that’s FAIR! Oh, and to discourage the offspring of the rich from inhabiting a hammock provided by their inheritance, we need to re-instate an inheritance tax on any inheritance over, say, 1 million dollars per heir, and use that money to invest in America.


  50. - Frustrated Voter - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 9:01 am:

    @PublicServant: spoken like a true socialist. Eventually you’ll run out of other people’s money.


  51. - PublicServant - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    @Frustrated Voter: Spoken like a true plutocrat. I’ll take that chance. Oh, and bite me.


  52. - Anon. - Friday, Mar 28, 14 @ 9:27 am:

    ==- RNUG - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:00 pm: ==

    I appreciate the thoughtfulness and detail of your postings. When I first read the post I was correcting, I thought you were being facetious or that maybe it was an imposter!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Final thoughts before calling it a night
* *** UPDATED x2 - Script *** Quinn airs radio ad of Rauner joking about being "scared" of four African-Americans
* Karen Lewis endorses Chuy Garcia for mayor
* Friday night TV ad rating
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Proft responds to HRO
* Quinn, Rauner head downstate
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - HRO responds to Proft
* Emptying out my in-box
* Vast Majority of Illinois Voters Support Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
* Inducement or just a party?
* Question of the day
* UPDATE: $580 MILLION EXELON RATE HIKE?? Do They Really Need a Bailout After Making Nearly $1 BILLION In The Last 90 Days?
* Very late Rauner oppo
* *** UPDATED x2 *** And speaking of abortion...
* GOP defends Rauner on "employer-provided birth control"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Friday morning fundraising report
* It's not anything new, but that doesn't make it Kosher
* Polling averages, models, projections, etc.
* Today's number: $3.5 million
* Rauner makes "Top 10" robocall list
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Cable TV buy report and a spending update
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Roku adds Google Play Movies & TV to its feature list
        * Minuum iOS update picks up new languages, advanced settings (Giveaway)
        * A final word from Taylor Martin
        * Battleheart Legacy signals Mika Mobile’s return to Android
        * AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition
        * Smash Champs lets you become a legendary trainer
        * Poynt pad tries to be all-in-one payment system for business

        * Trent Reznor working with Apple on secret music project
        * Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 phones try to capture young people's attention
        * Updated Office For Mac Arriving In 2015, Outlook Updated In The Meantime
        * iFixit Debunks iPhone 6 Plus Reinforcement Claims
        * Jony Ive: Apple Watch Tougher Project Than The iPhone
        * Google’s “Copresence” Feature Could Allow Seamless Cross-Platform Communication
        * Trent Reznor Working On Secret Music Project At Apple

        * Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent
        * White Sox opt to decline Paulino's '15 option
        * White Sox have flexibility to pursue multiple upgrades
        * White Sox offseason plan roundup: Third base
        * Minnie Miñoso belongs in the Hall of Fame
        * Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future
        * Abreu leads White Sox GIBBY hopefuls with five noms


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Final weekend of campaigning for Pat Quinn, Bru.....
        * Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, GOP's Bruce Rauner enc.....
        * Other Voices: Candidates should educate voters,.....
        * Tokyo Thrills the Global Stock Markets..
        * Illinois governor's race still a close call..
        * Quinn, Rauner talk jobs, early voting Friday..


        * Lake Michigan waves slam Chicago lakeshore
        * Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation
        * Union backs county commissioner for Chicago mayor
        * Judge won't close hearing in Islamic State case
        * Lake Michigan waves slam Chicago lakeshore
        * Wallenda ready for windy Chicago tightrope walks
        * Woman charged with defrauding Illinois couple
        * Quinn, Rauner talk jobs, early voting Friday
        * Judge won't close hearing in Islamic State case
        * Cook County Jail guard faces theft charge

        * State contribution to TRS to increase by $300 million next year
        * Former Gov. Edgar to campaign with Rauner
        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Madigan’s office seeks clarifications from former Topinka nonprofit
        * Cross says no to income tax hike extension, sales tax on services
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take backseat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case

        * SEC examines Caterpillar's accounting for Bucyrus
        * Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria
        * A stormy Lake Michigan swamps Lake Shore Drive – and sinks Chicago's mood
        * A stormy Lake Michigan swamps Lake Shore Drive — and sinks Chicago's mood
        * Chicago Marathon champion fails doping test, agent says


        * Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote
        * A higher standard of criminal justice
        * Ex-Northwestern doctor to pay $475K to settle fraud claims
        * Sad day  when  Catholic  schools  close
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time
        * State’s attorney investigating alderman’s prize offer to voters
        * Face it: Animator has found a great way to pass time on his commute
        * Refund those unfair yellow-light tickets


        * Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor in new video
        * 3 injured, 1 fatally, in shootings
        * Missing Garfield Ridge man located
        * Trial to begin for Darien man charged in 2012 killing
        * Alleged victims of ex-Wilmette teacher share memories online
        * New rules make Illinois voting easier
        * Federal judge refuses government request to close terrorism hearing
        * Emanuel's top attorney: Watchdog had no right to sue
        * Cops release photos in robbery and attack of police sergeant
        * Cops warn of armed robberies at South Side businesses


        * Scary Story: St. Michael And Mr. Pyles By H.W. Devlin
        * Dodging DUIs: Secretary of State Candidates Faceoff
        * Cook County posting indigent burials in 'virtual cemetery'
        * Whom do you trust when it comes to nutrition advice?
        * Zombie barge sinking in storm at Navy Pier
        * The digital afterlife
        * Making Buildings Healthier From The Inside Out
        * Scary Story: Planes By Ted Morrissey
        * Listen to State Week - October 31, 2014
        * "Monster Mash" Celebrates Halloween With Classical Music


        * E.J. Dionne: Moderate thunder out of Kansas
        * Charles Krauthammer: A referendum on competence
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 1
        * State contribution to TRS to increase by $300 million next year
        * Former Gov. Edgar to campaign with Rauner
        * Esther Cepeda: Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen
        * Andy Shaw: Voter turnout instrumental to reform
        * Ty Fahner: What if the Court rejects pension reform?
        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Quote of the Day: Friday, Oct. 31


        * Staunton schools report 24 cases of whooping cough
        * HS Soccer 2A Sectional: Danville vs. SHG
        * Quinn, Rauner talk jobs, early voting Friday
        * Baby dead in Beardstown
        * High school football playoff scoreboard, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014
        * Breaking it down: UI-Ohio State
        * SportsTalk 10-31-14
        * Q&A with Mason Monheim
        * Final Word: No surprise, it's O'Toole
        * Tate: Don't look here for an upset


        * Images: Bulls OT loss to Cavaliers
        * Images: DeKalb vs. Marmion football
        * Bulls' Butler will be restricted free agent
        * Lefevre's cold-blooded goal lifts Fremd
        * Liva leaves MSL meet with a record effort

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......
        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......
        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......
        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......
        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......

        * Sen. Mark Kirk questioned by Triton students...

        * Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush Hour
        * Quinn Camp Releases 2-Minute Finale Video Recapping Rauner's 'Greatest Hits'
        * Quinn Camp Releases 2-Minute Finale Video Recapping Rauner's 'Greatest Hits' (VIDEO)
        * Bill O’Reilly: ‘The White Republican Power Structure Is Afraid of Black Americans’
        * Op-Ed: Google Car Could Give The Blind More Independence While Saving Illinois Millions
        * Find the Best Deals at Deals4home
        * Google Car
        * Vallas Criticizes Rauner's Position On Charter Schools, Education Issues
        * Halloween parties in the neighborhood.
        * BPN Safe Trick-or-Treating Cancelled


        * Editorial: Governors, raining taxpayer $ on Illinois
        * Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Thank New Safe Passage Workers - Nearly 700 Additional Workers Hired This Year to Serve 133 Schools, 69,000 Students Across the City
        * Editorial: Rauner best choice as governor to begin to reverse Illinois’ fortunes
        * Quinn to celebrate Rauner’s UI Labs accomplishment
        * Another Democrat Runs Away From Pat Quinn




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller