illinois economy reports

Group pushes for bill to pay caretakers $20 an hour

Although Illinois is on a path to a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage, some state lawmakers want to raise pay for publicly-funded home care providers for the disabled to more than $20 an hour.

Pritzker’s budget plan calls for taxes on plastic bags, tobacco and marijuana

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $39 billion spending plan relies on shoppers paying a tax for every plastic bag they take home from the store, along with higher taxes on tobacco products, revenue from recreational marijuana licenses, legalized sports gambling and a…

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