(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax. Minority Leader Jim Durkin said yesterday that his resolution opposing increased rates on higher levels of income is a protest against what he calls the “customary practice of the General Assembly” to spend now and pay later. While there is no actual proposal before lawmakers now, one Democratic gubernatorial candidate has proposed a graduated income tax to replace the flat rate on individuals currently at 4.95 percent. Opponents of the plan say the graduated tax would punish the middle class and give the state the chance to raise money for spending at the same time.
(SPRINGFIELD) During this National Library Week, we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the many contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, and more importantly to promote library use and support. Whether it’s public, school, academic, or special, all libraries serve a unique purpose in each community and or regional of which they serve. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead” and everyone is encouraged to stop by and visit their local and/or area library to offer support for the services they offer.
(SPRINGFIELD) Many Illinois doctors are arguing that the state’s optometrists should not be allowed to perform procedures that are surgical in nature. The Springfield State Journal Register reports that a Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s proposal would allow optometrists to perform “low-risk” advanced eye procedures, which would require at least 32 hours of training. However, the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons says the proposed training is not enough. While optometrists can begin practicing after receiving a bachelor’s degree and attending four years of optometry school, an ophthalmologist must go through four years of medical school and four years of residency after earning a bachelor’s degree. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules is expected to make a decision on a proposed expansion within the next few months before moving on for a lawmakers vote.