Don Harmon http://wuis.org en Governor Signs Measure Letting Psychologists Prescribe http://wuis.org/post/governor-signs-measure-letting-psychologists-prescribe <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has signed off on a measure that allows psychologists in Illinois to prescribe medication to patients. &nbsp;</p><p>The governor signed the legislation Wednesday in Chicago. It was sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park and Rep. John Bradley of Marion, both Democrats. &nbsp;<br />Psychologists have to receive specific training for prescription-writing privileges and be required to work with a coordinating physician. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:46:35 +0000 Associated Press 28051 at http://wuis.org Governor Signs Measure Letting Psychologists Prescribe Illinois Keeps Its Flat Tax, As Graduated Tax Plan Dies http://wuis.org/post/illinois-keeps-its-flat-tax-graduated-tax-plan-dies <p>Illinois will keep its flat income tax, despite an effort to move to a graduated one.</p><p></p><p>Based on the General Assembly's schedule, the Senate would have had to pass the proposal Tuesday in order to meet a constitutional deadline.</p><p>Instead, senators adjourned without a vote.</p><p>The measure's sponsor, Senator Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, sticks by the plan.</p><p>He says would allow Illinois to be nimble with tax policy.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:17:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24086 at http://wuis.org Illinois Keeps Its Flat Tax, As Graduated Tax Plan Dies Madigan: Vote Count Low For Graduated Tax http://wuis.org/post/madigan-vote-count-low-graduated-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Time is running out on a push for a graduated income tax income tax in Illinois and it remains to be seen whether a key legislative leader supports the plan.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Backers of the graduated tax say it's more fair than Illinois' current flat tax, because people who earn more can afford to pay more.</span></p><p>But enacting that requires changing the state constitution. Voters would have the final say at the ballot in November, but they won't even be asked if lawmakers don't approve it first.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:58:57 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23961 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Vote Count Low For Graduated Tax Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers http://wuis.org/post/legislators-vote-against-capping-their-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters may still get the chance to decide if they want to limit how long legislators can serve ... but no thanks to legislators themselves.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although elections have been compared to popularity contests, as a whole, "politicians" aren't all that popular.</span></p><p>Which may be way polls show voters find the idea of term limits so appealing.</p><p>Unless, of course, you're a legislator.</p><p>Senator Darin LaHood, a Republican from Peoria, nonetheless introduced a term limits plan.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22446 at http://wuis.org Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers Graduated Income Tax Moves Forward After Stumble http://wuis.org/post/graduated-income-tax-moves-forward-after-stumble <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to change Illinois' income tax from a flat to a graduated structure is making headway in the General Assembly. The plan, where the more you earn the more you pay, has been revived after a setback last week.</p><p></p><p>When another proposal for a graduated income tax was up for debate last week, it was shot down before even getting to the floor. But Representative Christian Mitchell, a Democrat from Chicago, says his proposal is different: Its income-based tax brackets are lower than the previous version.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:47:08 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22306 at http://wuis.org Graduated Income Tax Moves Forward After Stumble Progressive Income Tax Supporters: Most Taxpayers Would Get Break http://wuis.org/post/progressive-income-tax-supporters-most-taxpayers-would-get-break <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more. As Hannah Meisel reports, supporters are finally getting specific.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Backers of the plan argue most Illinoisans would get a tax cut.</span></p><p>Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, says this provides the state a new choice, instead of extending the 2011 income tax hike or making deep cuts to services.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:38:06 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21670 at http://wuis.org Progressive Income Tax Supporters: Most Taxpayers Would Get Break Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/plan-hasten-legalization-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gay and lesbian couples may not have to wait until June to marry in Illinois. A lawmaker is moving to accelerate when same-sex marriage becomes legal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already, same-sex couples are hurrying to take advantage of the marriage legislation approved on Tuesday. That very night, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Lake County Democrat who's openly gay, got engaged. "Well, we don't have a date yet, but I will certainly let you know when we do," he said.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12500 at http://wuis.org Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Election Proposal Leaves Lt. Gov. Race Unchanged http://wuis.org/post/election-proposal-leaves-lt-gov-race-unchanged <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does not do, as for what it does.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law, including online voter registration. But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3460 at http://wuis.org Election Proposal Leaves Lt. Gov. Race Unchanged