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Chicago adopted Other Tobacco Products Tax Ordinance on 3-16-16, which was struck down by Cook County Circuit Court:


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Illinois Issues

This article examines the causes and effects of Illinois’ ongoing pension crisis and the Illinois Senate’s proposed solution. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall notes the intent of Illinois...


CBS Chicago

This segment discusses the possible sale of the State of Illinois’ James R. Thompson Center. Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation, says that the sale of the building could be a...

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