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Illinois ends 2016 with $11 billion in unpaid bills

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 2, 2017, 1:04pm

Though spending on government-worker salaries and pensions has grown at a rapid rate, many service providers and grant recipients are still awaiting payment.

Property taxes mount on 'Home Alone' house

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 6, 2016, 10:07am

2016 was a tough year for the owners of 671 Lincoln Ave. The red-brick, Georgian house in Winnetka, Ill., was made famous by the 1990 Christmas hit, “Home Alone,” but in real life, it’s not crowbar-wielding burglars coming for the family’s money, but the Cook County government.

Illinois bill backlog expected to reach $14 billion

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 6, 2016, 2:09pm

Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach new highs by summer 2017.

Illinois workforce shrinks by 33,600 in July

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 23, 2016, 8:39am

Illinois’ preliminary jobs report shows the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in July due to large numbers of residents dropping out of the labor force for the third consecutive month.