BERG: Small businesses are the lifeblood of Illinois, but they’re treated like dirt

(Illinois News Network) — Nov. 25 marks the arrival of Small Business Saturday across the nation. And Illinoisans have a lot to appreciate. For all the talk of big-box dominance, mom and pop shops are the Land of Lincoln’s economic workhorses. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees created the vast majority (75 percent) of net new jobs in More...

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By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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Illinois Attorney General loses ballot access court battle, unlikely to unappeal

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — The 2018 election ballots in Illinois could look different after a judge ruled in favor of removing a law that critics say is protectionism. In Illinois, a partisan local More...

By Illinois News Network On Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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Why is Springfield’s #MeToo movement against sexual harassment still in the dark? The Ethics Commission, some say

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — Anti-sexual harassment advocates, workplace harassment lawyers, even lawmakers themselves say stories of a rampant sexism and harassment culture under the dome in Springfield More...

By Illinois News Network On Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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Republican sponsor of Ill. bump stock ban insulted bill remains in committee

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — The Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature passed up an opportunity to approve a bipartisan and gun-rights group-supported bill to ban a controversial firearm add-on, More...

By Illinois News Network On Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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Congressional Dems propose taxpayer-funded private pension bailout

  SPRINGFIELD/WASHINGTON (Illinois News Network) — Congressional Democrats want a Federal bailout of private sector pensions. An expert thinks that states like Illinois, with hundreds of billions of More...

By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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McCaleb: Legislators break into song and dance when real fix is needed

(Illinois News Network) — I’ve been called many things, but handy isn’t one of them. When something around the house breaks, I usually take a look at the problem, dig through my toolbox, look More...

By Illinois News Network On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
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New sexual harassment policy at state Capitol ‘puts fox in charge of henhouse’

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — Lawmakers passed bills, took classes and made endorsed statements saying the culture of sexual harassment in Springfield was on its way to finally being addressed. But More...

By Illinois News Network On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
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Illinois hospitals, doctors getting big payday from state, but ‘unpaid bills’ problem remains

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — Hospitals, doctors offices, nursing homes, and pharmacies across Illinois are in line for a huge payday this week. The state of Illinois is finally paying off about $9 More...

By Illinois News Network On Monday, November 13th, 2017
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Lawmakers are done for 2017. Will they get anything done in 2018?

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — State lawmakers wrapped up veto session last week and aren’t expected back in Springfield until late January, when some want the focus on economic and spending reforms. The More...

By Eric Kirchberg On Saturday, November 11th, 2017
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Illinois business atmosphere a deepening disaster, according to Demmer

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Businesses would rather deal with natural disasters than Illinois’ labor laws, according to Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). “We are talking not about making changes to More...

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