Jil Tracy http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Considering Doubling Tax Credit For Poor http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-considering-doubling-tax-credit-poor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. Following the call of Gov. Pat Quinn, some lawmakers want to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The earned income tax credit began as a federal program, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:27:09 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19382 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Considering Doubling Tax Credit For Poor Gov. Quinn "AWOL" From Pension Committee's Talks http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinn-awol-pension-committees-talks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As he runs for re-election, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn is staking a lot on getting something done with pensions. He making a show of asking the state Supreme Court let him cancel legislators&#39; salaries until it&#39;s done, and he says he won&#39;t deal with other major issues before the General Assembly -- like using tax credits to keep ADM headquartered in Illinois -- until there&#39;s what he calls a &quot;comprehensive pension solution.&quot; But it&#39;s hard to tell just what that means. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10943 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn "AWOL" From Pension Committee's Talks Pension Conference Committee Progress Report http://wuis.org/post/pension-conference-committee-progress-report <p></p><p>It is approaching four months since the Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session. Lawmakers have missed two paychecks since the governor decided to punish them for not passing a pension overhaul. And a special committee has been negotiating over how to solve the pension problem for more than 12 weeks. Amanda Vinicky checks in with members of that committee for a progress report.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9671 at http://wuis.org Pension Conference Committee Progress Report No Petitions Until Lt. Gov. Picks Made http://wuis.org/post/no-petitions-until-lt-gov-picks-made <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week officially kicks off campaign season. Tuesday was the first day candidates could begin collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot. Still some of the leading candidates can't start yet.</p><p></p><p>In order to get on the ballot, candidates have to prove voters want them there. In the case of Democrats and Republicans running for governor, that means getting signatures from no less than 5,000 and no more than 10,000 members of his party.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:11:54 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8369 at http://wuis.org No Petitions Until Lt. Gov. Picks Made Jil Tracy Chosen As Running Mate http://wuis.org/post/jil-tracy-chosen-running-mate <p>State Senator Kirk Dillard has selected a west-central Illinois lawmaker to join him on the ballot in his bid to be the state’s next Governor.&nbsp; State Representative Jil Tracy stood before a crowd of about 150 in Quincy’s Washington Park and accepted Dillard’s request to run as lieutenant governor.</p><p>The Quincy Republican says she took a close look at all of the Republican candidates for Governor before making her decision.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:50:23 +0000 Sean Crawford 8276 at http://wuis.org Jil Tracy Chosen As Running Mate Representative Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon http://wuis.org/post/representative-says-pension-deal-could-happen-soon <p>An Illinois House and Senate conference committee will meet tomorrow in Chicago as members try to work out a compromise on the state's pension problem.<br>Ten lawmakers, six of them Democrats, make up the panel.&nbsp; It was formed after a pension deal eluded the General Assembly in the spring.&nbsp; <strong>Republican Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling</strong> is among those given the task of coming up with a solution. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 4767 at http://wuis.org Representative Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon