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Illinois has grappled with a number of financial challenges over the last decade, including structural deficits, pension underfunding and a two year standoff without a budget. Now, some leaders and advocates have begun to demand renewed attention to how the State funds transportation and other...

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Crain's Chicago Business

This article discusses a proposal before the Illinois legislature’s personnel and pension committee to borrow $107 billion to put toward the $129 billion in unfunded pension liability. Civic...


WBBM News Radio

This article discusses Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to borrow $6 billion to pay off a portion of the State’s backlog of overdue bills. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall remarks...

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