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Illinois’ incredible, shrinking business establishments

Michael Lucci Feb. 10, 2016, 7:22am

The number of business establishments – farms, factories, businesses, stores, etc. – has grown in Illinois in the last 15 years.

Madigan does not understand what's wrong with Illinois' economy and broken workers' compensation system

Michael Lucci Dec. 15, 2015, 11:45am

Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Mike Madigan’s comments at a recent event prove that the long-serving speaker simply does not understand the problems Illinois faces in terms of low wages for the working class, significant blue-collar job losses and a broken workers’ compensation system.

How to heal Illinois' economy: Reform permission, friction and preparation policies

Michael Lucci Dec. 1, 2015, 8:52am

Illinois can implement several reforms now to remove obstacles to starting businesses, reduce the cost and aggravation of doing business, and more effectively educate the next generation of workers.

Strong Illinois jobs report in October, but losses continue in manufacturing

Michael Lucci Nov. 23, 2015, 8:10am

New federal jobs data reveal Illinois gained 14,100 jobs overall during October, but lost 1,900 manufacturing jobs during this time.

Illinois would have 84,000 more manufacturing jobs had it kept up with neighboring states

Michael Lucci Oct. 27, 2015, 8:57pm

Illinois has the worst manufacturing jobs recovery from the Great Recession of any neighboring state, according to data released in October by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.

Illinois’ tax revenues increased more than those of any state but North Dakota since Great Recession

Michael Lucci Oct. 20, 2015, 1:59pm

Illinois has a spending problem, not a revenue problem – and a new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts confirms that fact. The study shows that as of the first quarter of 2015, Illinois’ tax revenues had grown by almost 20 percent over tax receipts from just prior to the 2008 recession, which is more than any other state except North Dakota.

Food stamp enrollment still outpaces job growth in Illinois

Michael Lucci Oct. 5, 2015, 11:31am

Illinois’ dismal business climate continues to inhibit jobs growth, especially in manufacturing, as the state put 25 people on food stamps for every factory job created during the recovery from the Great Recession.

2011 income tax hike drove wealthier Illinoisans out of state

Michael Lucci Aug. 11, 2015, 4:39pm

The average income of people leaving Illinois shot up by $8,000 in the first year of the state’s 2011 income tax hike.

New IRS data: Illinois lost migration battle with every state in the country

Michael Lucci Aug. 4, 2015, 9:38am

A new data release from the Internal Revenue Service can only be described as a complete embarrassment for the Prairie State.

Illinois' regional pain points revealed in county data on food-stamp dependency

Michael Lucci Jul. 21, 2015, 7:47am

Areas of Illinois that are driven by backbone industries such as manufacturing are being hollowed out. That reality is showing up in the form of government dependence.

Hey, Speaker Madigan: Illinois' No. 1 budget problem is taxpayers fleeing the state

Michael Lucci Jun. 16, 2015, 1:39pm


Hey, Speaker Madigan: Illinois' No. 1 budget problem is taxpayers fleeing the state

Michael Lucci Jun. 16, 2015, 1:30pm

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has spent recent weeks promoting half-truths about the problems facing the state.

Most Illinois cities are shrinking, according to U.S. Census Bureau

Michael Lucci Jun. 10, 2015, 11:41am


Fighting for Illinois entrepreneurs: Two huge reforms for the price of none

Michael Lucci May 28, 2015, 12:38pm


Illinois Supreme Court ruling to businesses: Get out while you still can

Michael Lucci May 14, 2015, 9:09am


Legislative agenda for entrepreneurs: An update on Illinois’ comeback story

Michael Lucci May 6, 2015, 12:02pm


Why Illinois needs a turnaround, in 12 graphics

Michael Lucci Apr. 28, 2015, 1:42pm


Border battle: Worker freedom spreads across another Illinois neighbor

Michael Lucci Apr. 22, 2015, 8:52am


Pew study blows hole in myth that Illinois has a revenue problem

Michael Lucci Apr. 8, 2015, 4:23pm


State and local policy solutions can help keep steel in Granite City

Michael Lucci Mar. 26, 2015, 8:14am