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Madigan petitions Supreme Court for direct appeal of LeChien's order preserving worker pay

The Madison County Record Mar. 20, 2017, 1:45pm

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the Supreme Court for direct appeal of a St. Clair County order preserving a normal payroll for state employees in the absence of appropriations.

Illinois politicians vote to divert $300 million from state coffers to fuel local spending

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 19, 2017, 12:54pm

Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.

Sugary drink tax would be bitter pill to swallow

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 13, 2017, 2:55pm

Illinois holds more than $66 million worth of stocks and bonds in PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple alone.

Majority of Illinois voters support a 'no tax hike budget'

John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 7, 2017, 4:18pm

More than half of Illinois voters want lawmakers to balance the budget by only cutting state spending.

Poll shows voters want balanced budget through spending cuts, not tax increases

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 9:27am

A new poll shows that more than half of Illinoisans say state government spends too much money, and should close its budget deficit by only cutting spending – not raising taxes.

Rauner's budget proposal needs more spending reforms

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 20, 2017, 12:50pm

The governor should reject tax hikes and push for the structural spending reforms Illinois needs to fix its fiscal crisis and improve its economy.

Madigan motion to dissolve worker pay by end of month denied by LeChien

The Madison County Record Feb. 16, 2017, 5:25pm

St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Robert LeChien has denied a motion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan to dissolve an injunction that has sustained the state payroll for 20 months.

'Show Me' state is showing Illinois the path to economic growth

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 16, 2017, 9:48am

The recent “Judicial Hellholes” report from the American Tort Reform Foundation ranked the City of St. Louis the worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country.

This is one fever we'd like to catch

The Madison County Record Feb. 14, 2017, 7:11am

Sometimes a fever's a good thing, a natural, therapeutic response to disease. Our state is sick and could use a cleansing fever.

State social service agencies sue in St. Clair County to force timely payments for services

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2017, 6:41pm

A group of state human and social service agencies and companies filed suit today in St. Clair County against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials to force timely payments for services performed.

Madigan's move to force budget resolution digs at LeChien for undermining legislative process

The Madison County Record Jan. 30, 2017, 4:28pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan pleads that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien undermined the Illinois Constitution when he ordered the comptroller to continue paying state employees at normal rates.

'Grand Bargain' budget is 'irresponsible overspending,' McCarter says

Ann Maher Jan. 30, 2017, 3:33pm

One of six state senators who have pledged not to raise income taxes from the current level of 3.75 to 4.95 percent is Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon.

AG Madigan's intervention in AFSCME suit seeks to end worker pay

Ann Maher Jan. 26, 2017, 10:18pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeks to break a protracted budget stalemate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislators in about five weeks in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 8:03am

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

Appellate judges contemplating life of AFSCME contract, as troopers litigate similar claims in LeChien’s court

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 2:19pm

Illinois judges continue to prolong the life of the contract that covers about 38,000 state employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Timing of LeChien’s TRO for AFSCME questioned by Rauner in brief to appellate court

The Madison County Record Jan. 3, 2017, 7:59am

MOUNT VERNON – Counsel to Gov. Bruce Rauner indicates the state may have been misled by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien when he preserved the status quo for state workers last month, according to a chronology that Rauner’s lawyer prepared.

Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes, could fall behind Pennsylvania population

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 21, 2016, 7:29am

Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500.

New report confirms need for lawsuit reform in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 20, 2016, 6:57am

While many Illinois businesses continue to struggle, a new recently released report shows the lawsuit industry is alive and well in Illinois.

Fifth District directs LeChien to review order extending AFSCME contract

The Madison County Record Dec. 19, 2016, 10:58am

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien must review his order extending the union contract of 38,000 state employees in light of a state agency’s opposite decision, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Dec. 16.

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.