Proposed assault weapons ban

Have to share another eloquent  Herb harangue! (January 14) Did you watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last Tuesday, January 8?  Sometimes scathing and sometimes sardonic and always intense, Stewart spoke out against those who seek to divert attention from the need to restrain the gun lobby (read NRA) and begin to use common sense. Let’s […]

IL State Senator Noland Town Hall Meeting

Title: IL State Senator Noland Town Hall Meeting Location: Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S Park Blvd, Streamwood, IL Meeting Room 1 Description: What’s ahead in the 2012 General Assembly. Start Time: 19:00 Date: 2012-01-18 End Time: 21:00

Corporate Income Tax Breaks

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) Executive Director Ralph Martire testified before the Joint House/Senate Revenue Committee on business tax structure and incentive programs in Illinois. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) created the joint committee.  This Committee is embarking on an analysis of what should be appropriate corporate […]

Illinois drawing of House, Senate and Congressional district boundaries

The Illinois State legislators are kicking off the once-in-a-decade process of drawing new State House, Senate and Congressional district boundaries. Illinois Senate have with 5 public meetings across the state, beginning March 28 and continuing into April. Residents are invited to tell members of the Senate Redistricting Committee about their communities and representational needs by […]

Over 6000 bills pending in the Illinois General Assembly – is it too much?

It seems intuitive that legislators will legislate.  Illinois legislators are indeed prolific in carrying out this “duty”.  There are over 6000 bills pending in the Illinois General Assembly right now. Some might see it as a sign of a strong work ethic, but others might see it as over-doing it.  It’s a topic that’s made […]

Center for Tax & Budget Accountability Presentation Slides

What a privilege it was for HanDI members and guests again to welcome Ralph Martire, fiscal policy expert and Executive Director of the bipartisan organization Center for Tax & Budget Accountability. At our September 2010 meeting, he shared some stunning facts which show that Illinois is a low-tax state whose services have been starved of revenue […]