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Voters are fed up with judges and personal injury lawyers who ‘Game the System’

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 6, 2016, 9:56am

The 2016 Election is over and voters have rendered their verdicts and shown they want judges and legislators who will stand up to the personal injury lawyers and stop lawsuit abuse in Illinois.

McCarter: State's fiscal woes could improve if lawmakers were to lead by example

Andrew Burger Aug. 8, 2016, 9:20am

Illinois' budget deficit is forecast to double to $8 billion in 2017. There's no lack of proposed solutions, but Gov. Rauner and state General Assembly leaders can't agree on a best course of action.

Illinois has become a national punch line

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch May 25, 2016, 12:12pm

Chief Executive Magazine just came out with a report ranking Illinois the third worst state in the nation for business.

No exit strategy from Illinois budget standoff

The Madison County Record Apr. 14, 2016, 7:28am

Taxpayers must be vigilant in holding members of the Illinois General Assembly accountable, especially at this unprecedented time without a state budget and as we approach the new fiscal year. Now is the time that legislators could propose the most dangerous solutions to the state’s financial crises, including hiking the state income tax or imposing a new, devastating income tax on retirement benefits.

March Madness comes early to Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Executive Director Mar. 16, 2016, 8:18am

Sports fans everywhere love March Madness, which is appropriately named.

Rauner to lawmakers: Make a choice; Democratic leaders say little has changed

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 18, 2016, 6:45am

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Wednesday to put two choices before legislative Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature: The General Assembly can grant him, the state’s chief executive, the authority to make the cuts that will allow Illinois to spend what it’s bringing in, about $32.8 billion Or, Rauner said, lawmakers can agree to some of what he considers essential economic and political reforms and he’ll work with them on a combin

House Dems again pass arbitration bill, but remain short of veto override votes

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 17, 2016, 5:52am

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on Tuesday again passed a bill that could send the stalled contract talks between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s biggest employee unions to a panel of arbitrators.

Rauner’s lawsuit reforms will create jobs in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 11, 2016, 6:46am

By standing up to the personal injury lawyers and passing common sense lawsuit reforms, legislators will restore fairness to Illinois courts, stop lawsuit abuse, create jobs, and put money back in consumers’ pockets.

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.

Bankruptcy considered as controversial option for financially stressed public sectors

Ann Maher Feb. 3, 2016, 10:06am

Facing $6 billion in long-term debt, solutions to the crisis facing the Chicago Public School (CPS) system are subject of fierce debate these days in the Windy City.

St. Clair Township Chairman supports government consolidation for Illinois

Emma Gallimore Jan. 18, 2016, 12:20pm

St Clair Township Chairman Robert M. Goins (R) told the Madison Record that he is behind government consolidation as laid out by the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandate’s Task force.

Obama calls on state lawmakers to end partisan politics and make room for real change

Emma Gallimore Jan. 14, 2016, 7:46am

Obama Speech President Barack Obama called for an end to partisan politics during a speech to the Illinois General Assembly on Feb 10.

Rep. Kay supports consolidation concepts laid out in state report

Emma Gallimore Jan. 11, 2016, 3:31pm

Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay told the Madison County Record that he supports consolidation recommendation put forth by the state’s Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.

Illinois budget stalemate impacts state's drivers

Emma Gallimore Jan. 11, 2016, 3:26pm

With Illinois still lacking a state budget, the Secretary of State’s office has suspended the mailed license plate renewal reminder service, and encourages drivers to sign up for the online system.

State, AFSCME talks break down; No meetings scheduled, impasse may be near

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Jan. 9, 2016, 8:14am

SPRINGFIELD — Talks between Gov. Rauner’s administration and the state’s largest public-sector employee union broke down Friday. There are no talks scheduled for next week, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 and the Rauner team are blaming each other for Friday’s events. There’s also no agreement on whether the talks are at impasse, which AFSCME says the Rauner team declared.

Rauner, AFSCME continue to scrap; Union blasts governor’s merit pay offers

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Jan. 8, 2016, 9:54am

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has implemented a merit-raise system for non-union employees, as well as roughly 5,000 workers represented by smaller state-government unions, according to a memo from his lead attorney. The Republican governor is also proposing many points of the same to the state’s largest employee union — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Councl 31 — which has been without a contract even after a year of negotiations.

New 'Judicial Hellholes' report confirms Illinois needs lawsuit reform

Travis Akin Dec. 21, 2015, 8:58am

Christmas comes but once a year for most of us, but for the personal injury lawyers who have turned the Madison County courthouse into their own personally profiable playground, it’s Christmas every day.

State income tax headed back to 5 percent? Madigan drops that number during Chicago speech

Mark Fitton Dec. 10, 2015, 8:10am

SPRINGFIELD — Michael Madigan on Wednesday tossed out one possibility for new Illinois tax money, a bump in the income tax rate. In fact, he said raising the personal income tax by 33 percent would a good spot to start talking.

House OKs $3B for locals, lottery winners; Larger state budget question remains unresolved

Mark Fitton Dec. 3, 2015, 7:02am

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois remains without an overall budget, but the Illinois House on Wednesday took action to release some money to local governments and pay lottery winners. All told, Senate Bill 2039 authorizes about $3 billion in spending.

Unemployment bill easily clears Illinois House

Mark Fitton Dec. 2, 2015, 4:38pm

SPRINGFIELD — Without rancor, the Illinois House on Wednesday passed legislation to tune up the state’s unemployment insurance program. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville, eliminates the “Social Security offset” in that it allows recently separated workers eligible for Social Security to receive full unemployment insurance benefits.