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Aquino: Tax returns an issue of transparency, not party

aquino 042017If Donald Trump was hoping people would forget about his tax returns after he took office, he is likely very disappointed.

Last Saturday, April 15, thousands gathered in cities across the country for Tax Marches organized to demand the release of the president’s tax returns and to protest the country’s current tax system.

Policymakers Speak about Experiences Legalizing Marijuana at Hearing Held by Steans, Cassidy

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Recreational use in other states has increased revenues, created jobs

CHICAGO –As the movement to legalize recreational marijuana gains popularity in Illinois, State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) heard testimony addressing best practices for regulation and taxation on Wednesday, April 19 from experts around the country. This hearing was the first in a series that will address the wide variety of concerns regarding their legislation that would allow Illinois residents to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and purchase marijuana products at licensed and regulated facilities.

Urbana's Courage Connection losing ability to shelter, counsel domestic violence victims: Bennett

dvpanel 040417 2SPRINGFIELD – For many abused women, domestic violence shelters are the last refuge from which they can begin to rebuild their lives. These very shelters, however, are now on the verge of closing due to the state’s historic budget impasse.

One such shelter is the Urbana-based provider Courage Connection. The facility is the only domestic violence shelter in Champaign-Urbana. In December, the provider learned that the $600 million in the state’s stopgap budget did not include its funding.

When cuts leave the developmentally disabled behind

Mulroe at Sunshine033117For the past 37 years, Diane Gunaka has operated Sunshine Activity Center, the only afternoon and evening respite care center for developmentally disabled adults on the North Side of Chicago. She has lovingly created a place where developmentally disabled adults could learn to care for themselves, participate in programs and outings, and provide their parents with some respite of their own.

After weathering two years of the budget impasse, though, Sunshine Activity Center may have to close its doors this June after its contract was not renewed. The center is entirely funded by the state and does not receive any federal support.

“The staff at Sunshine Activity Center provides a great service to their clients and families,” State Senator John Mulroe said. “I am always impressed when I visit the center at how well the clients are cared for.”