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Illinois' 32% tax increase shows need or taxpayer bill of rights

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 25, 2017, 7:39am

Illinois taxpayers deserve to have a voice in budgeting decisions as politicians continually look to hike their taxes.

Illinois lawmakers pass legislation requiring financial impact statements on executive orders, ignore cost of bills they pass

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 12, 2017, 2:21pm

House Bill 2379 would require fiscal impact statements on every executive order. However, less than 3 percent of bills enacted into law in the 99th General Assembly had fiscal notes.

2016 corruption watch: Chicago, East St. Louis take top corruption spots

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 2, 2017, 1:05pm

This year was full of corruption and mismanagement from public officials, but four instances in particular stand out.

Illinois loses people at a higher rate than any other Midwestern state

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 8, 2015, 10:47am

Since 2010, Illinois has lost on net 2.6 percent of its taxpayers and dependents, along with billions of dollars of taxable income, dwarfing the rates of out-migration of other Midwestern and neighboring states.