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Factors may further delay budget resolution

With the state’s budget impasse about to enter its sixth month, a budget meeting between the four legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to take place Dec. 1 in Springfield.

Illinois’ tax ranking improves, but reforms needed

The Tax Foundation is giving Illinois a better ranking this year in its assessment of how states’ tax structures impact business climates. Illinois moved up from 31st to 23rd this year because the state’s temporary income tax hike was allowed to expire after four years.

AAA: Heavy travel expected during Thanksgiving wee

According to the recently released travel outlook from auto group AAA, as many as 46.9 million Americans plan on traveling during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007.

Attorney General releases Safe Shopping Guide

The Attorney General’s office has released the annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure their home is safe for the holidays.

Shop locally to support Small Business Saturday

With the holidays fast approaching, consumers are encouraged to support small businesses by shopping locally during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.

Rauner: Illinois temporarily halting Syrian refugees

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Gov. Rauner has joined dozens of Governors across the country in temporarily suspending the process of accepting Syrian refugees into Illinois.

Budget meeting postponed to December

The previously announced budget meeting between the four legislative leaders and Gov. Rauner, set to take place on Nov. 18, has been postponed.

Letters for the troops

The State of Illinois is partnering with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois to sponsor this year’s Holiday Card Drive for the Military.

Rauner strikes deals with several labor unions

The Rauner Administration announced this week that new four-year collective bargaining agreements have been reached with a number of labor unions, including Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1 Chicago, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters, and several others.

Budget blackout

The consequences of the ongoing budget impasse continued to spread during the week, with yet another vendor threatening to cut off services due to the state’s inability to pay its bills on time.

USDA updates crop yield numbers, farmers preparing for next year

American farmers raised 4 percent less corn in 2015 than the record crop of 2014, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s November crop report.

Be alert: It’s deer season on Illinois roads

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, nearly half of all deer-vehicle crashes occur in October, November, and December.

Illinois school report cards available at IllinoisReportCard.Com

Parents probably know when to expect their children’s report cards, but they might not know their local schools are graded too.

November legislative session: Progress and politics

Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly met in Springfield Nov. 10, a day that turned out to be full of unexpected fireworks and tension.

Illinois Senate honors America’s veterans

Senate Republicans honored our nation’s Veterans this week, taking part in Veterans Day events alongside their local community. Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) hosted a Veterans Event and blood drive at the American Legion Hall in Downers Grove, featuring information and assistance from a wide range of organizations and state agencies.