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A graduated income tax is the tide that raises all boats

      A movement is afoot to amend the Illinois state constitution and move from a flat income tax to a progressive system.    Expect it to have some legs.    We’re just opening the door on the 2014 legislative session and there are already constitutional amendment bills in both the House and Senate with powerful sponsors…

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Illinois must step up to the plate to shake its loser image

   More than 70 years ago, some enterprising fella, probably a newspaperman, came up with his best turn of phrase:    “First in shoes, first in booze and last in the American League,” he said, describing the Gateway City and the hapless baseball team of that era, the St. Louis Browns.    It was, of course, hyperbole,…

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