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5 Reasons Illinoisans Are Paying for the Madigan/Rauner Budget Fight

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois lawmakers only have until midnight May 31 to approve a state budget and spending plan that is balanced and funds all of the programs the state needs to run efficiently. The House and Senate Democratic majorities very likely will approve one, but it will be rejected.

Rauner Says Legislators Are Either With Him or Against Reform

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On Tuesday, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic majority passed a bundle of budget bills that propose spending at least $3 billion more than the state will take in during the budget year that starts July 1.

Apple Pay: Making It Work For YOU

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.26.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

There's been a great deal of talk about Apple Pay as well as other payment methods and how these systems are changing the way we pay for our purchases. I find the technology intriguing, and I'm all for ease and convenience. That said, I do have some concerns.

Want to Stick to a Budget? Try a Reloadable Prepaid Card

Tami Farrow | Posted 05.29.2015 | Money
Tami Farrow

Budgeting isn't easy. If you're like most people, you've tried many different ways to avoid overspending and stick to a budget.

Old, Old Glory

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

If we are to have a government, it should at least do the bare minimum of what's necessary for a modern, competitive society. Now, in 2015, a high-speed railway system and effective public transit are necessary.

35 Life Hacks That Will Save You Thousands

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.20.2015 | Money

If you saw a $20 bill on the sidewalk, you'd definitely bend over to pick it up, wouldn't you? Well, without much more effort than that, you can save at least that much -- and probably a lot more -- by employing a host of everyday life hacks.

Celebrating 50 Years of Head Start

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

In a rural town like Hinton, Head Start was one of the only early educational opportunities available. It meant a lot to the families there, and still does today. I know, because it meant a lot to my family. That's right; I'm a Head Start kid.

GOP Hopeful on Budget: Cut Porno-Watching Gov't Employees

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

I asked GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina what specific agencies and/or programs she would cut in order to streamline the federal government, at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. Rather than name specific agencies or programs, the former Hewlett Packard CEO named the following actions she would take.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Planning Your Wedding

Summer McLane | Posted 05.15.2015 | Weddings
Summer McLane

There is nothing more frustrating to me as a wedding planner than a client not taking my advice. As the expert, when giving a suggestion or advice, I back everything up with stories from previous clients who didn't listen.

Stupid Is as Stupid Does, Mr. Speaker

Erica Payne | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erica Payne

At his weekly press conference, the GOP's "Crybaby in Chief" lashed out at a reporter for daring to question the role his party's cut-happy orthodoxy played in Tuesday's Amtrak accident.

7 Foods for Your Health and Your Wallet

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

Yes, it can be expensive to eat healthy. But it doesn't have to be. Many foods are high in nutrition but low in cost. Often they'll take a little more time and effort to prepare, but they'll be good for both your budget and your body.

The Weirdest Thing I Did to Save Money

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.15.2015 | Money

We asked 30 major bloggers and personal finance experts to share both the most bizarre things they've ever done to save money -- and the lessons they learned through the experience.

13 Emotional Stages You Experience When Buying A Car

Posted 05.13.2015 | Money

We go through a full spectrum of emotions when making a big financial decision like buying a car. It’s an exhausting and financially draining roller...

A Dear John (McCain) Letter

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Regarding people, the Pentagon must recognize this crisis in transitioning the forces to a post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan world even though some number will be deployed in harm's way. However the greatest threat is cost growth. That must be attacked now.

10 Ways To Save On Your Wedding Venue and Menu

The Knot | Posted 05.11.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

You don't have to test your credit limit (and then some) just to have a reception in a beautiful location with delicious food

For Mother's Day, Moms Need Quality Early Learning Opportunities

Deborah Kong | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Deborah Kong

This year, we have the potential to level the playing field for our low-income children and families. As California's budget surplus continues to soar, policymakers have a choice to make: Be penny wise and pound foolish, or spend prudently on early care and education and reap the benefits

Civic Federation, Madigan Have Reservations About Rauner's Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A $2.2 billion pension savings that's unlikely ever to happen and an overly hopeful savings on state employee insurance payments are two of the major flaws in Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal for the 2016 state budget, says the Civic Federation, the state's leading fiscal watchdog.

How Much Should You Be Saving?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.06.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The future can seem so far away, and the path to that future so unsure, that it can be difficult to know exactly how much to save... or even to find the motivation to get started. The reality, though, is that the earlier we start to save -- whether it's for retirement or other goals -- the less difficult the challenge becomes.

Kate Sheppard

This Is What Happens When You Elect Climate Change Deniers | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scientists are balking at major cuts to NASA's budget that the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved last week, cuts...

House Hears Rauner's Turnaround Agenda Plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Some Illinois mayors are worried about Rauner's Turnaround Agenda for Illinois because they worry it could leave their towns with unfunded mandates -- rules they must follow but no state money to ensure compliance. Nancy Mathieson explains at Reboot Illinois why these worries keep some Illinois mayors up at night.

Senate Republicans Pass Anti-Obamacare Budget Plan

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, May 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a Republican budget plan that prescribes deep domestic spe...

Illinois Needs to Take the Salmon Out of Its Budget Grocery Cart

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois government is like the grocery shopper at the checkout with an overflowing cart and a nearly empty wallet. Something's gotta go back onto the shelves. Madeleine Doubek of Reboot Illinois says maybe the salmon should be the first to go.

Celebrating the Flash Crash with a Wall Street Sales Tax

Dean Baker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

For those who don't remember, the Flash Crash was when the stock market lost almost nine percent of its value from its opening level, with most of this decline occurring in a five-minute period. The market quickly recovered most of this loss. But the crash did reveal something extraordinary.

The 3 C's of Reducing Costs in College.

Natalie Pace | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Natalie Pace

Education is the highest correlating factor with income. Americans with a Master's Degree or higher earn twice as much (or more) than those with only a high school diploma.

Bruce Rauner's "Good Friday Massacre" budget cuts reinstated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please allow me to vent briefly on the "Good Friday Massacre" -- the $26 million in social service cuts issued April 3 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The big ...