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Chicago took the next big leap in its long push to open a casino with the launch Thursday of a request for proposals process that seeks parties interested in developing and operating a resort-like venue. The prospect of $200 million in new annual revenue from a casino was a cornerstone of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pre-COVID-19
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Spots number one, seven and nine were the only firms that stayed put in the top municpal bond counsel rankings and there were three newcomers to the top 10. The top bond counsels combined for a total of $103.707 billion in 2,674 transactions in the first quarter of 2021, up from the $87.762 billion in
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Municipals were steady on Wednesday as the focus remained on the primary with secondary trading light and high-grade municipal scales and U.S. Treasury yields both unchanged while investors again poured in billions into municipal bond mutual funds. “Munis continue to rest comfortably in their range as bulge bracket deals hit the primary,” Jeffrey Lipton, head
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Ballard Spahr LLP has hired four attorneys from White and Williams LLP known for their work in real estate and commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, according to licensing and corporate counseling firm chair Mark Stewart. The four began Monday. Partner Maulin Vidwans and of counsel Jennifer Santangelo joined the firm’s finance department. Partner Ryan Udell
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Indiana expects about a $2.4 billion bounce in revenue through 2023, joining the parade of states with healthier-than-expected revenue projections, which along with new COVID-19 pandemic-related federal relief is fueling debate on spending priorities. Indiana raised its current year, fiscal 2021 general fund tax revenue projection by 2.6%, or $463 million to about $18.2 billion
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Municipals were firmer in spots in secondary trading but benchmark curves mostly held steady after a strong week that moved yields by as much as 10 basis points lower. U.S. Treasury weakness early Friday morning hit the breaks for munis, which will see an elevated bond volume next week with some marquee names that may
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Federal statistics show Puerto Rico’s employment increased in recent months. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey, Puerto Rico’s number of employed increased 0.7% in March from February. According to BLS’s survey of non-farm establishments, employment went up 0.3% in the period. Though the household survey only shows a single month of
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Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3% to 4.5% in March, the state Department of Labor said Friday, which is far below the national average of 6.0%. “Georgia’s economy is firing on all cylinders as a result of our balanced approach in protecting both lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “While we
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