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Illinois day care regulations burden working mothers, fail to make children safe

Mark Adams, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 21, 2016, 6:59am

Illinois’ overly restrictive rules governing day care facilities drive up costs and make high-quality child care unaffordable for many families, while doing nothing to enhance child safety.

Granite City denied summary judgment in pedestrian’s injury suit; Settlement follows

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 3:08pm

One month after Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge denied the city of Granite City’s second motion for summary judgment in a pedestrian’s personal injury case, the parties announced settlement.

Policy Analyst:Tax hike without pension reform is an assault on taxpayers

Sharon Brooks Hodge Apr. 27, 2016, 8:18am

An Illinois public policy analyst believes a tax hike in Belleville to pay for increases in fire and police pensions is unfair to taxpayers.

Illinois lawmaker: Municipal bankruptcy may not be magic bullet but it's another 'tool in toolbox' for pension crisis

Amanda Robert Apr. 20, 2016, 8:49am

CHICAGO - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 8, 2016, 12:45pm

Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015.

Rauner: CPS takeover plan lives; He predicts non-Chicago Dems will join in support

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 4, 2016, 8:36am

SPRINGFIELD — When the time comes, suburban and downstate Democrats will join him in his effort to have the state take control of Chicago’s debt-strapped school system, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday.

ISEIF administers utility-funded grant program to educate consumers about smart grid technology

Laura Wilcoxen Jan. 12, 2016, 5:15pm

The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) announced last week names of organizations that will be receiving approximately $5 million in grants to promote smart grid technology across the state.

St. Clair County judges hire election law specialist to defend nomination objections; Kasper has represented Obama, Clinton and Emanuel

Ann Maher Dec. 15, 2015, 1:13pm

A Chicago election law attorney who has represented President Obama and former President Clinton in election litigation will be helping three St. Clair County judges whose nomination papers face challenge at the Illinois State Board of Elections.

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.

Fitch cuts Illinois credit rating, cites budget gridlock, massive debt and sluggish growth

Austin Berg Oct. 20, 2015, 2:04pm

Illinois’ general-obligation bonds are rated just three notches above junk status, thanks to a credit-rating downgrade on Oct. 19 from Fitch Ratings.

Rauner: Time to sell Thompson Center; Architect, former governor less than thrilled

Mark Fitton Oct. 14, 2015, 7:14am

SPRINGFIELD — Need a full city block in Chicago’s Loop? Gov. Bruce Rauner may have a deal for you. Rauner, R-Winnetka, on Tuesday announced his plan to sell the James R.

Illinois Supreme Court spokesperson Tybor dies at 68

Ann Maher Oct. 14, 2015, 6:59am

"My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by Joe’s passing," said Chief Justice Rita B. Garman. "He was truly dedicated to his role as the voice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and we watched in awe as he continued to carry out his duties even as he fought his illness."

House hears first details of Emanuel plan; Chicago mayor’s tax proposal does have some foes

Mark Fitton Sep. 24, 2015, 7:44pm

SPRINGFIELD — Thursday marked another day of activity but little visible movement in the state Capitol. The House Revenue and Finance committee began hearing testimony on a call from the city of Chicago for an increase in the general homestead property tax exemption, or amount the state subtracts from homeowner’s assessed valuation as a form of tax break.

Illinois pays millions in pension benefits to the dead

Austin Berg Sep. 15, 2015, 11:15am

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in May that pension benefits flowing to government retirees can never be “diminished or impaired.” A new investigation into state and local pension records reveals this ironclad protection can extend beyond the grave. From 2010 to 2014, 11 of Illinois’ 15 largest pension funds paid out $2.2 million in pension benefits to more than 1,000 dead people.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

Amanda Robert Aug. 10, 2015, 7:01am

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Citizens Utility Board caught some development and policy experts off guard with its support of the potentially pricey Clean Jobs Bill earlier this year, Dan Proft of the Illinois Opportunity Project contends that he wasn’t surprised. “Sometimes they’ll tilt at windmills, figuratively and literally, if it means sticking it to ComEd,” he said.

Cigarette smuggling is red hot in Illinois, and taxes are to blame

Kristina Rasmussen Jan. 16, 2015, 1:36pm

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SEC charges prove politicians shouldn't control public pensions

Ted Dabrowski Aug. 14, 2014, 8:43am

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Madison and St. Clair counties rank No. 5 on ATRA's judicial hellhole list; Cook County leads watch list

Bethany Krajelis Dec. 17, 2013, 6:48am

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Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over Chicago's red light program, FOIA and legal malpractice matters

Bethany Krajelis Sep. 26, 2013, 12:47pm

The Illinois Supreme Court this week agreed to hear arguments in more than a dozen cases.

Illinois state government wastes hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars

Ben VanMetre Sep. 17, 2013, 1:18pm

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