Category: Policy

Illinois vs Indiana: Comparing the two States COVID Response, Reopening Plans

Illinois vs Indiana: Comparing the two States COVID Response, Reopening Plans
Chicagoans, when they cross the border into northwest Indiana, are likely to experience a very visible ad campaign that the state aggressively pushes in that area. The marketing campaign stresses the lower taxes for both individuals and businesses in the Hoosier state, and how the cost of living in Indiana is lower.  However, comparing the Land of Lincoln to the Crossroads of America is sort of like apples and oranges, given how Illinois contains Chicago, the nation's third largest city and the absolute hub and de facto capital city of the Midwest. Having a major metropolis like this means Illinois has had to approach the COVID-19 pandemic in a completely different way than Indiana...

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Speed Up Legalized Sports Betting

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Speed Up Legalized Sports Betting
It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but the lockdown orders currently in place all across the United States might actually provide a major boost of momentum for the sports betting legalization movement. State by state stay-at-home orders were put into place to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, allowing only the essential businesses to remain in operation.  It has led, expectably, to a major decline in tax revenue. With unemployment now already at Great Depression levels and very few people buying much of anything beyond the basic needs these days, we've seen a severe reduction in both income taxes and sales taxes. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, whose states borders the world's coronavirus epicenter in New York City, said last month that revenues “have fallen off a table.”...

Other States Catching up to Illinois in March Towards Legal Sports Betting

Other States Catching up to Illinois in March Towards Legal Sports Betting
Last year Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that allowed for six more casino licenses in the state and to make horse racing venues able to provide casino games. This year’s horse racing season starts in March, but there's another, and much bigger, sports wagering event coming up this month. The NCAA Tournament, colloquially known as "March Madness," generates billions of dollars in wagering, according to the AGA (American Gaming Association). It's easy to see why Gov. Pritzker wants to get legal sports betting up and running in the Land of Lincoln in time for the tournament, which begins in earnest on March 19. If Illinois doesn't get going, they are likely to fall behind other Midwestern states...
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Ford Hoping Drivers Will Forgo Privacy for Auto Insurance Discounts

Ford Hoping Drivers Will Forgo Privacy for Auto Insurance Discounts
No one will ever admit to being a bad driver, or a bad lover. In the case of the former, typically your driving record speaks for you, but now there is a new, additional level of monitoring and evaluation that has come along. It's not just Big Tech and online media companies that want to collect your data these days, the automotive industry is getting in on the act as well. After all, every new car these days is highly computerized, and any automobile with a navigational system is tracking you through satellite data. And Ford motor company is banking on the idea that you'll forgo some of your privacy in exchange for cheaper auto insurance...

"Patriot Penalty:" Soldiers Hit with Higher Auto Insurance Rate

"Patriot Penalty:" Soldiers Hit with Higher Auto Insurance Rate
If you have to pick one television series that truly encapsulates the American ethos, perhaps it's CNBC's "American Greed." If you watch the docuseries regularly, you'll be constantly on guard against businessmen and businesswomen incessantly trying to hood wink you. With that mind, we give you the "Patriot Penalty," a relatively new scheme that involves auto insurance companies charging deployed armed services members higher rates than civilians. It's especially surprising, given how so many insurance companies wrap their branding in the American flag. While numerous companies within many industries love project an image of being excessively friendly to those who serve, insurance advertising often takes it up a notch...

Where Leading Democratic Candidates Stand on Health Insurance

Where Leading Democratic Candidates Stand on Health Insurance

The Iowa Caucuses were held last night and with it, primary season is now officially here. Voting has begun, and we're now less than a month from "Super Tuesday," where 14 states will hold their primaries. March 3 will get here before you know, so it's the perfect time to look at where the leading Democratic front-runners stand on the issue of health care.

The number one issue for voters in 2020 will be "electability," no doubt about it, but that's just an idea/belief, it's not policy or platform. Also, electability is a bit of a misnomer anyway.  Health care, which in realpolitik means health insurance, is the primary issue that voters need to be up to speed on.

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Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski

Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski

Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get sports gambling legalized in the state. If it all works out and goes according to plan, with no unforeseen hurdles along the way, legal sports gaming could be here by early 2020. That's right you could bet the Super Bowl on any number of legal betting sites in the state. Zalewski is working with state Rep. Bob Rita to lead House discussions on this issue.

The process began at the same time that March Madness/the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest and most lucrative sports wagering events of the calendar, began. We had a telephone exclusive with Zalewski, and you can hear that conversation below:

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Scott Pruitt is a Total Disaster; His Exit Could Revitalize Green Movement

“Well, it’s not like it could save the Earth or anything…” …Actually, it might. Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will most likely become the next member of Trump’s cabinet to lose his job. It’s a cabinet in chaos, embroiled in scandal, with Pruitt’s performance just as chaotic and scandalous any any Trump appointee. There are multiple reports indicating that Scott Pruitt and his allies are rallying to try and save his job because they all know that his time is running out. The only EPA Administrator who could honestly be worse than Pruitt was Russ Cargill, The Simpsons movie villain, and he’s not even real...

Congressman Ro Khanna, Steve Kerr to Lead Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence

Congressman Ro Khanna, Steve Kerr to Lead Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence
Gun sense, gun reform, gun control, whichever term you prefer to use, this is the primary issue in America right now. We currently find ourselves in an extremely pivotal moment regarding this debate, and it appears a tipping point could be coming. Amidst this potential sea change, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif) and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will lead a town hall style discussion on gun violence in America with high school students from seven different schools across California's 17th district. Gun violence is an issue that definitely hits home for Kerr, as he was just 18 when his father, former President of the American University of Beirut Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by gunmen in January 1984. The event, which is expected to be attended by 2,000 people, will take place at Newark Memorial High School in the events center starting at 3:45pm PT on Monday, 3/12. It will also be live-streamed on Rep. Khanna’s official Facebook page. Khanna granted us an exclusive interview ahead of the event, and you can listen to audio of that below...
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Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 1: Cultural/Macro Level Issues

Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 1: Cultural/Macro Level Issues

Since an overwhelming majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and our politicians in power (allegedly) work for the people, what stands in our way of finally bringing gun sense? The general answer comes to two parts, with every detail adhering to one of the two categories.

Today we look at the cultural or macro level obstacles that stand in the way. Later, in part two, we’ll explore the policy or micro level issues that halt change for the better.

Traditionally, there has always been a very wide enthusiasm gap between the gun fetishists and gun sense groups of people. The National Rifle Association leadership, not the everyday members of the group, but the people running the NRA have done an astounding job of redefining what the second amendment and gun ownership really means.

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