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Moving to Cook County was a bad choice

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:34pm

The Illinois Policy Institute highlights the effects Cook County's soda tax could have on residents and businesses.

The ant and the grasshopper

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 4:24pm

CPS: It's not a bailout!

Property tax bill: May cause heart attack or stroke

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 20, 2017, 9:26pm

The Illinois Policy Institute brings focus to the rising Illinois property taxes.

We have to burn the village to save the village

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 13, 2017, 11:35am

About one in six Illinois homeowners are seriously underwater, according to a report from the Illinois Policy Institute, which is 70 percent higher than the national average. And locally, homeowners in several communities suffer greater than the state average in being seriously under water - owing more than their home is worth. For instance, in East St. Louis, 41 percent of homeowners are under water; in Alton, 20 percent and in Belleville, 18 percent.

Don’t let them get away with it

Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project Jun. 6, 2017, 5:24pm

Budget negotiations must begin with reforms to the programs that drive state spending up and the policies that drive families and businesses out.

Illinois Senate Democrats pass $5.4B tax increase

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute May 24, 2017, 9:31am

Each Illinois household would pay an additional $1,125 in taxes each year, on average, under the Senate's tax-hike plan.

Puerto Rico's 'bankruptcy' a warning to Illinois

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute May 8, 2017, 11:14am

Illinois needs to enact structural spending reforms to avoid following Puerto Rico down the path to insolvency.

Illinois' April 30 tax freedom day is tied for latest in Midwest

Craid Lesner, Illinois Policy Institute May 1, 2017, 10:36am

When it comes to taxes, everyone works for the government. Illinoisans worked 120 days – from Jan. 1 until April 30 – to pay the taxes they owe to federal, state and local governments.

BLS report shows weak economy in Illinois, recovery in neighboring states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 25, 2017, 7:36am

Illinois saw a 0.23 percent increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2017, the third-worst growth rate in the region.

Do the Democrats in Springfield really need a bargain?

Diana Rickert, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 20, 2017, 2:26pm

For almost two years, we’ve heard a litany of excuses for why Illinois does not have a state budget.

The shrinking Metro-East

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 11, 2017, 11:01am

Recently released census data reveal that St. Clair and Madison counties saw combined population losses of more than 1,600 people due to out-migration to other states.

Illinois workers' compensation rules cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion a year

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 10, 2017, 8:51am

State and local costs for workers’ compensation are out of line with what other states pay.

Analysis: Pension fiasco spells future trouble for Illinois

John Sammon Apr. 3, 2017, 4:32pm

CHICAGO — The state's mountain of retirement-related debt is $267 billion, up from $203 billion in 2010, according to new analysis from the Illinois Policy Institute.

Cook County judge says Illinois politicians should not receive checks faster than state pays other debts

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 31, 2017, 8:21am

A Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled March 16 that Illinois can't give preferential treatment to state lawmakers' paychecks over the overdue debts that the state has.

House committee votes against bill that would protect state workers from having their SS numbers shared with unions

Glenn Minnis Mar. 23, 2017, 3:29pm

Illinois Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) recently voted against a bill aimed at protecting state workers from having their social security numbers automatically shared with union reps.

Poll: Illinois voters want budget that reforms pensions, consolidates government and freezes property tax

Ann Maher Mar. 21, 2017, 8:22am

Illinois voters are ready to reform the way the state does business, according to a new poll released by the Illinois Policy Institute.

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.

Report: Unused sick leave inflates teachers’ pensions on taxpayers’ dime

April Brown Mar. 12, 2017, 5:54pm

CHICAGO – A new report released by Illinois Policy Institute revealed that thousands of retired state educators are being compensated for time they didn’t spend in school at the taxpayers' expense.

Supporters of 1 cent sales tax increase say it will relieve property owners; Plenty of critics say tax payers are already tapped out

Ann Maher Mar. 10, 2017, 3:29pm

Madison County voters next month must decide whether to increase sales tax by 1 cent to help schools with capital improvement projects.

Are reporters informing the public well enough amidst state's financial crisis?

Amanda Robert Mar. 6, 2017, 2:24pm

Can the average Illinoisan identify the opportunity costs when the state sends 25 percent of general revenues to its massively under-funded public pension systems?