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Although there is no plan to pay down the remainder of Illinois’ bill backlog, Governor Rauner signed three pieces…
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Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri all tax retirement income. Illinois is an anomaly in the Midwest in…



With governments in Illinois facing steep increases in yearly pension contributions, new plans are being floated to borrow billions of dollars to stabilize ailing pension funds and relieve budgetary pressures.


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