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Why don’t we have enough money to maintain our roads and bridges? In short: policy choices. Energy policies that require new cars to have greater fuel efficiency end up decreasing gasoline tax revenue, since drivers pay less at the pump in taxes.

The U of I Flash Index continued to creep upward in October, rising to 106.5 from its 106.3 level in September. This is the highest level since March, but below the post-recession peak of 107.2 that occurred in January of this year.

Illinois has a huge problem with political corruption, and it goes beyond a few bad apples or simple human weakness. The reality is bad, and the public perception is worse. Illinoisans believe that their politics, public officials, and governments are corrupt at every level.

 

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