Author: The Center Square

The Center Square -- formerly known as Watchdog.org and the Illinois News Network -- and their reporters represent 18 states across the United States as the taxpayers' watchdog, exposing the way government really works.

OP-ED: Free federal money costs us too much

It’s easier to sell cotton candy than it is to sell broccoli to somebody, but.

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Louisiana, New Orleans Saints nearing long term deal while subsidizing stadium renovations

BATON ROUGE, La. (The Center Square) — Louisiana officials are close to finalizing a deal with.

Colorado
Business filings up in Colorado, employment remains strong

DENVER (The Center Square) — New business filings in Colorado slowed in growth in the.

Illinois
Illinois county continues to shed layers of government

WHEATON (The Center Square) — The county that served as the test case for local government.

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OP-ED: Control the language and control history

The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they.

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Back-to-school sales tax holiday unlikely in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (The Center Square) — Illinois is unlikely to join the list of states that.

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Illinois study finds frogs most common animal found in prepackaged produce

CHAMPAIGN (The Center Square) — A University of Illinois study that looked at wild animals found in prepackaged.

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House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ college admissions bill

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — The Illinois House rejected a “ban-the-box” bill that opponents said could.

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For first time, population in all Illinois’ metro areas declines

SPRINGFIELD/WASHINGTON (Illinois News Network) — U.S. Census data released Thursday showed the population in every.

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Illinois lawmakers look to avoid FAA penalties amid jet fuel tax crackdown

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — After years of noncompliance, Illinois lawmakers are moving forward with.