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Lawmaker proposes statewide 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 7:11am

In one of the first proposals of the new General Assembly, state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Westchester, proposed making October 2017 “zombie preparedness month.”

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 ends 2016 with $11 billion in unpaid bills

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 2, 2017, 1:04pm

Though spending on government-worker salaries and pensions has grown at a rapid rate, many service providers and grant recipients are still awaiting payment.

Judge Robert LeChien wrongly intervenes for AFSCME

The Madison County Record Dec. 13, 2016, 1:23pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien should not have been in a position to grant a temporary restraining order for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to block contract terms imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Why all Illinoisans need action on workers' comp

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 12, 2016, 11:58am

The cost of workers’ compensation for municipalities, counties and state government in Illinois is more than $400 million per year.

LeChien should not have jurisdiction over state labor dispute, critic says

Ann Maher Dec. 7, 2016, 9:21am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien has granted a temporary restraining order for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to block contract terms imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Volunteers will get to flex their muscle during first annual State Day Of Service announced by Rauner

Dawn Geske Nov. 21, 2016, 3:10pm

SPRINGFIELD — In spite of resistance from the state's largest labor union, volunteers will get to use their muscle during what is being declared the first annual State Day of Service in Illinois.

Illinois continues to see a ciphoning of employees outside the state

Kristin Danley-Greiner Nov. 15, 2016, 9:06am

The state of Illinois saw 5,500 employees leave its workforce this fall, prompting another decline for the fifth consecutive month in September. October brought additional jobs to eight metro areas, but it still isn’t enough to make a big difference.

November election results mean Illinois' neighbors likely to embrace worker freedom

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 15, 2016, 8:48am

The outcome of 2016 races in nearby states may result in all states surrounding Illinois becoming Right-to-Work states – leaving Illinois a lone island in a sea of worker freedom. To remain competitive for workers and business, Illinois must consider similar reforms.

Documentary “Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.” now available online and on demand

Dawn Geske Nov. 13, 2016, 10:51am

CHICAGO – A documentary about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is now available for viewing by residents in Madison and St. Clair Counties as well as throughout Illinois.

Wait! Let's try to make this thing work

Eric Allie, Illinios Policy Institute Oct. 26, 2016, 3:49pm

Wait! Let's try to make this thing work ...

BLS September jobs report: Illinois has only shrinking labor force of all surrounding states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 26, 2016, 2:27pm

Illinoisans continued dropping out of the workforce in September, according to an Oct. 21 economic release from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.

High costs of work comp driving business out of Illinois, experts say

Amanda Robert Oct. 25, 2016, 2:15pm

CHICAGO - For organizations that advocate on behalf of business in Illinois, there’s no question – the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to have dire consequences for the state and its economy.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 18, 2016, 4:20pm

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

Hello, Police? I want to report another creepy clown sighting

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 11, 2016, 3:33pm

Hello, Police? I want to report another creepy clown sighting

Policy think tank: Illinois should learn from Michigan to reverse manufacturing job losses

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 23, 2016, 7:00am

CHICAGO – Illinois lost 22,000 workers in August, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reports.

Report: Illinois government employees seek too much in union negotiations

Dawn Geske Aug. 18, 2016, 12:35pm

Though the state may be able to handle a government worker strike come Sept. 1, the real loss will come to American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) members as they will lose wages and other benefits, cautions the Illinois Policy Institute in a new report.

Illinois tax code punishes entrepreneurs

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 2, 2016, 8:06am

Entrepreneurship is the embodiment of the American Dream, and through their creativity and hard work, entrepreneurs bring new ideas, products and ways of doing things to the marketplace, often building businesses generating significant numbers of jobs.

Should investigators hired by the State's Attorney be able to arrest suspected drug traffickers?

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 26, 2016, 3:39pm

A special investigation unit designed to crack down on drug trafficking on main thoroughfares in Madison County is on hold while the Illinois Supreme Court reviews the legality of a program that arguably gives state’s attorneys their own police force.

Analysis: Local tax bills would likely double if pension debt were satisfied

Ann Maher Jun. 22, 2016, 1:44pm

Two hundred twenty local governments in Madison County spent a collective $1.047 billion last year, or 21 percent of the county’s equalized assessed valuation (EAV), what the assessor says all real estate in the county is worth.