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Illinois Higher Ed Stopgap Funding Falls Short
May 3, 2016 Illinois’ recent approval of some funding for higher education and student aid does little to calm concerns about the...

Report: Detroit’s 'Grand Bargain' Seen As Rust Belt Model
May 3, 2016 Some version of Detroit’s so-called “grand bargain” could help other fiscally struggling Rust Belt cities, including Chicago,...

Mayo Clinic Returns with Refunding
May 2, 2016 The Mayo Clinic is returning the market Tuesday with a $200 million refunding, a follow up to its $350 million taxable...

Ill. District's Rating Plunges
May 2, 2016 A Will County, Illinois school district took a five-notch rating downgrade to the lowest investment grade as it turns to...

County Signs Off on Harvey, Ill., Tax Levy
May 2, 2016 The Cook County Clerk’s office has reversed course and signed off on the validity of Harvey, Ill.’s property tax levy request,...

Harvey, Illinois Leaves Bondholders Empty-Handed
April 29, 2016 Some investors in Harvey, Illinois debt report being stiffed on a bond payment, though the city has not made any disclosures...

Missouri Offering High-Grade Paper Next Week
April 28, 2016 Missouri heads into the market next week with $100 million of its high-grade paper to finance state and public university...

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Ferguson Downgraded Again
April 27, 2016 Ferguson, Missouri’s bond ratings fell deeper into junk territory amid the fiscal strains of dealing with fallout from a...

Chicago’s Water Bond Rating Boosted
April 27, 2016 Chicago’s water revenue debt won an upgrade from Standard & Poor’s as the city prepares to shed bank counterparty and...

Iowa Fertilizer Project Strained
April 26, 2016 Struggling under the weight of rising costs and construction delays, the Iowa Fertilizer Co. LLC’s nearly $1.2 billion of...

Deal Paves Way for New Hospital, System's New Identity
April 26, 2016 Illinois-based MercyRockford Health System is bringing a $495 million deal to lay the groundwork for both a new hospital and...

Illinois RTA Issues Notes to Weather State Aid Delays
April 25, 2016 The Illinois Regional Transportation Authority will take bids Tuesday on $150 million of working cash notes that help the...

Chicago's Deputy Comptroller Moving Up
April 25, 2016 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel nominated Erin Keane, the city’s first deputy comptroller, to replace Comptroller Dan Widawsky.

Illinois Budget Gridlock Eases for Higher Education
April 22, 2016 Illinois’ cash-starved higher education institutions will soon get some relief after state lawmakers passed a $600 million...

Ascension Bringing Massive Healthcare Deal
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Illinois 'Millionaire's Tax' Shot Down, Again
April 21, 2016 A proposal to ask Illinois voters to increase the state income tax on top earners failed to clear the House.

Chicago Teachers' Leader Ratchets Up Rhetoric
April 20, 2016 The Chicago Teachers Union president attacked Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and district leadership in a speech Wednesday,...

Raymond James Puts Banking Boots on Michigan Ground
April 20, 2016 St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Raymond James hired Brodie Killian, re-establishing an on-the-ground banking presence in Michigan...

Chicago's New Hope: Lucas Museum Requiring $1.2B of Bonds
April 19, 2016 A Chicago museum envisioned by Star Wars creator George Lucas relies on a complex, $1.2 billion borrowing scheme.

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