Dave Syverson

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Illinois lawmakers head back to Springfield tomorrow for the first time since they adjourned last spring. They have a lot of issues on the table, including how the state will handle the budgetary hit it will take when the temporary income tax increase expires at the end of December.


Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with the two top Democrats in the state legislature in Chicago yesterday. Once again he’s asking lawmakers to hold off on any major changes until he’s in office in January. Lawmakers are predictably split on that request heading into next week’s veto session.

Making sense of Illinois’ jobs outlook isn’t exactly easy these days. So says an economist from Northern Illinois University. There’s information that says the state still lags behind the national economic recovery. But there are also occasional nuggets of good news to consider.

Economics 101 For Elected Officials

Feb 1, 2013

Illinois legislators this year could be asked to vote on everything from changes to how the state taxes corporations to raising the minimum wage. Republican Senator Dave Syverson of Rockford says before they make decisions on issues that affect the economy, they should learn more about it.

Rockford could get a new driver services facility to ease the impending closure of one on the city’s west side.