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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.

McCarter's 'responsible' budget proposal is praised for not increasing taxes

Jamie Kelly Jun. 2, 2016, 3:34pm

A proposal by State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-54) to balance the state’s budget for 2017 without raising taxes deserves serious consideration, according the Illinois Policy Institute.

Illinois tax payers cannot afford state public sector pay, Illinois Policy Institute says

Karen Kidd May 27, 2016, 7:50am

Illinois state public sector pay is outpacing salaries in the private sector, in large part because of union representation, Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, said. The median salary for a worker represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) increased more than 40 percent from 2005 to 2014, to more than $62,800 in that last year.

Economic conditions and other causes have led to 'huge domestic migration,' Illinois Policy Institute says

Karen Kidd May 25, 2016, 8:01am

Chicago's population declined by 2,890 during the 12-month period, the second worst in the nation. Chicago ranked behind Detroit, which sustained a population decline 3,107, according to the U.S. Census data.

Illinois Policy Institute: Reforms are needed to get state out of rut

Whitney Wright May 23, 2016, 11:54am

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) recently issued a report showing jobs in Illinois have been increasing over the last two years, Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute said those results don't tell the whole story.

Illinois’ opioid crisis and the dark side of workers’ comp

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute May 20, 2016, 6:50am

Through a process called physician dispensing, Illinois doctors can not only prescribe drugs but also sell them to injured workers. Research shows that when physicians are allowed to do this, they prescribe 3.2 times the quantity of opioid drugs they would prescribe otherwise.

HB 580, AFSCME undermine fair contract negotiations

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute May 17, 2016, 6:37am

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed House Bill 580 on Monday, a bill that strips taxpayers of representation during the state’s negotiations with government-worker unions.

Madigan muzzles Illinoisans on term limits

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute May 9, 2016, 7:14am

Term limits aren’t just a cosmetic change. They aren’t a feel-good Coke commercial. They’re a powerful reform that can make Illinois democracy work again

The SEIU is hurting Illinois caregivers

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 29, 2016, 12:29pm

When the SEIU fails to make caregiver interests a top priority, it’s unsurprising that nearly half of caregivers statewide aren’t union members. Teaming up with lawmakers to require family members to put their loved ones in strangers’ hands to attend an in-person training session is just one example of this.

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.

Proposed $2 billion tax increase met with 'Stop asking taxpayers to pay for lawmakers’ ineptitude' reaction

Rebecca Campbell Apr. 22, 2016, 7:23am

CHICAGO - Democrat lawmaker Lou Lang's proposal to increase taxes in Illinois by $1.9 billion is an old move with a new sales pitch, according to a staunch opponent.

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.

Illinois Policy Institute: COLAs 'biggest driver of unsustainable pension costs in Illinois'

Daniel Kobialka Apr. 20, 2016, 7:01am

Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) serve as "the biggest driver of unsustainable pension costs in Illinois," according to a new report from the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI).

Illinois lawmakers say they're open to some higher education reforms

Michael Carroll Apr. 11, 2016, 7:23am

Some state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seem open to at least a few of the reform ideas recently proposed by an Illinois think tank to help reduce higher education costs and make colleges and universities more affordable to students in the state.

Illinois Policy Institute: Job numbers reflect both progress and trouble

Hoang Tran Mar. 31, 2016, 8:34am

CHICAGO – The Illinois job numbers arrived last week and it is a mixed bag. While the state has added more than 18,000 jobs, unemployment has also risen to 6.4 percent, up from the 6.3 percent it was in January.

Illinois shows worst job growth in the Midwest in 2015

Jacob Bielanski Mar. 21, 2016, 2:37pm

A revision to federal jobs numbers released in January showed Illinois added 1,500 jobs in 2015, but it was not enough to counter the nearly 6,000 who went on unemployment in the same year.