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April 4, 2018WTTW Chicago Tonight

Big changes aimed at saving the Chicago Park District’s pension fund are a bust. A Cook County judge has struck down a 2014 overhaul deal as unconstitutional.

The reforms were supposed to bring in more money to the underfunded system by raising the retirement age and cutting benefits. But

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April 4, 2018State Journal Register

April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of noted civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Because he was a minister, King infused his activism with appeals to morality, values and common decency. King fought for everything from voting rights to eliminating racism and

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April 4, 2018WTTW Chicago Tonight

Chicago Park District Pension Deal Struck Down. Now What?

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March 26, 2018WCPT AM 820

Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Jesse Hoyt from Healthy Illinois discussed the #FairTaxNow campaign on the Ben Joravsky Show.


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March 5, 2018Chicago Sun-Times

Sun-Times Editorial Board

On Feb. 5, Aaron Ortiz appeared before the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board. We asked him why he’s running for the Democratic nomination in the Illinois House of Representatives in the 1st District.

The Chicago Sun-Times sent the candidates seeking

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March 5, 2018Daily Herald

State Rep. Sam Yingling is hosting an income tax seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the Avon Township offices, at 433 E. Washington St. in Round Lake Park. The seminar will feature Carol Portman, president of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois, and Ralph Martire, executive

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February 28, 2018Chicago Magazine

According to figures from Chicago Cityscape, Logan Square saw the highest number of teardowns last year, with 109 demolition permits issued in 2017. The West Town community area, which includes the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Noble Square, and East Village neighborhoods, came in a close second place

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February 21,

Coverage of CTBA's testimony to Illinois House committee on fixing the state's pension crisis.

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February 21, 2018State Journal Register

In his column, Ralph explains how Gov. Rauner's proposed FY2019 budget actually cuts $547 million from statewide funding for public school classrooms.

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January 21, 2018Peoria Journal Star

Illinois lawmakers are gearing up to start another spring session that will include more attempts to address an issue that has remained stubbornly elusive so far.

What can the state do to rein in the cost of public employee pensions and try to address the $129 billion debt faced by the

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