Press Release: How to close $2B of the 2018 IL. budget shortfall

News From State Representative Mark Batinick For Immediate Release                                                               Contact: Debbie Kraulidis         April 25, 2017                                                                                         (815) 254-0000   How to close $2B of the 2018 budget shortfall   Anyone following the Illinois budget impasse knows that our pile of unpaid bills is growing; up to $12.9 Billion and counting.  This creates added …

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Illinois crafted the solution to its pension crisis nearly 20 years ago/many lawmakers don’t even know that plan exists

Illinois crafted the solution to its pension crisis nearly 20 years ago when lawmakers passed a retirement plan that gave state university workers an alternative to the state’s traditional pension plan. The problem is many lawmakers don’t even know that plan exists. More than 20,000 university workers have opted into this alternative 401(k)-style plan since its creation. …

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The average income of taxpayers who leave Illinois is $20,000 more than the taxpayers who arrive here

 From Illinois Policy April 2017 What Illinoisans should know about their taxes Statewide, residential property taxes eat up more than 6 percent of typical household income. The average income of taxpayers who leave Illinois is $20,000 more than the taxpayers who arrive here. Tax Day might be behind us, but Illinoisans have plenty of reasons …

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