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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.

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