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Springfield Office:
Senator 26th District
108B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-8010
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Barrington, IL  60010
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Senate Week in Review: October 27-31, 2014

A state known for its lagging job growth and burdensome tax and regulatory environment, Illinois received some mixed economic news during the week, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

Illinois ranked 31st in business tax climate, 45th in job growth

The results of two separate studies place Illinois in the bottom half of states when it comes to business tax climate and job growth.

According to the most recent edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Illinois’ business tax climate dropped two places since last October and is considered by the organization to be the 31st best tax climate in the nation.

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Senate Week in Review: October 20-24, 2014

A federal judge sided with a longtime anti-patronage crusader, ruling that hiring practices at the state’s Department of Transportation have been so corrupted by political influence under Gov. Pat Quinn and his predecessor that a federal monitor is now needed, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier ruled Oct. 22 that a hiring monitor must be appointed to ensure compliance with anti-patronage rules.

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Senate Week in Review: October 13-17, 2014

More clouds gathered over the Quinn Administration as a result of a controversial home weatherization program, while a new report from a major bond rating agency offered a grim forecast of the state’s job creation prospects, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

In other news, a bipartisan legislative committee put the state’s hydraulic fracturing rules on hold for another month.

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Senate Week in Review: October 6-10, 2014

Two days of testimony before the bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission provided some answers, but raised many more questions about Gov. Pat Quinn’s failed anti-violence initiative, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

The Commission heard from seven former members of Gov. Quinn’s Administration during the hearings Oct. 8-9 in Chicago, but failed to receive clear answers as to how and why Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) quickly ballooned from $20 million to almost $55 million seemingly overnight, nor how neighborhoods and providers were actually chosen to participate.

Lawmakers also questioned how the stated objectives of the program meshed with the Quinn Administration’s rush to put the program in place in the weeks prior to the 2010 governor’s election.

The program’s director, Barbara Shaw, testified that NRI was based on preventive measures that would not show results for years. But witnesses consistently said it was rushed into place as an emergency measure to stem violence – a goal that the program could not meet even if it had been properly implemented.

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Senate Week in Review: September 29 – October 3, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is poised to once again take center stage as federal prosecutors cleared the way for the bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission to resume their investigation of the program, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

In advance of an Oct. 8 Audit Commission hearing, recently uncovered reports show that Governor Quinn has shuffled millions of dollars into a re-branded version of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) and appears to be accelerating the pace of handouts as the election nears.

State spending records reveal $5 million in funds that were supposed to have gone statewide to help at-risk youth have been shifted to programs in Chicago that are virtual clones of the NRI, including several to the same contractors whose misuse of funds from the previous program sparked multiple criminal investigations.

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