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Teachers' Retirement System hosts town hall meeting in Collinsville

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 19, 2017, 12:15pm

COLLINSVILLE — The executive director of the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois will be in Collinsville today – Thursday, Jan. 19 – for a town hall meeting with TRS members regarding pensions issues.

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.

Illinois residents could face sticker shock over beverage tax proposal

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 7:42am

SPRINGFIELD – If you think you're already paying too much for sweetened liquid refreshments, hold on to your wallet. If approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law, Senate Bill 9 would sharply raise the price consumers pay for packaged sodas, syrup-based coffee drinks and tea.

Republican state senator weighs in on Illinois budget quagmire

Christopher Knoll Jan. 13, 2017, 7:45am

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) calls for lower taxes on businesses, reduced regulations and civil justice reforms combined with belt-tightening as the types of measures needed to get the state out of its financial straits.

WirePoints Illinois News founder calls for change that would allow state to file bankruptcy

Dawn Geske Jan. 12, 2017, 5:35pm

As drastic as it sounds, bankruptcy may be the only way for Illinois to come to grips with its dire financial situation, according to a financial expert who supports the idea. 

Illinois lost 150,000 university students from 2000 to 2014

Madelyn Harwood, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 10, 2017, 7:45am

Misplaced priorities in education funding have driven students out of the state and skyrocketed tuition costs.

Property taxes mount on 'Home Alone' house

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 6, 2016, 10:07am

2016 was a tough year for the owners of 671 Lincoln Ave. The red-brick, Georgian house in Winnetka, Ill., was made famous by the 1990 Christmas hit, “Home Alone,” but in real life, it’s not crowbar-wielding burglars coming for the family’s money, but the Cook County government.

Madigan's millions: Why the Speaker should release his tax returns

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 18, 2016, 12:37pm

Every dollar Madigan earns back for his corporate clients makes someone else’s property-tax bill go up.

Is Lisa Madigan abusing her position to protect dad's supermajority?

The Madison County Record Nov. 7, 2016, 10:18am

It's nice to have a family member in the business.

State trooper wrongful death case settles on eve of trial

The Madison County Record Oct. 25, 2016, 1:02pm

HILLSBORO – Sarah Deatherage, widow of state trooper Kyle Deatherage, settled a wrongful death suit against DOT Foods on the eve of trial in Montgomery County.

Illinois entrepreneurs deserve the right to earn a living

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 4, 2016, 9:43am

Illinois lawmakers should support a statewide law that limits government business regulations to only those necessary and carefully tailored to serve a legitimate public health, safety or welfare purpose.

Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 5:25pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.

College Illinois! appears headed for a future bailout; Sales lagging for new contracts

Vimbai Chikomo, Illinois News Network Sep. 14, 2016, 9:24am

Many families concerned with the unpredictability of future tuition rates in Illinois have turned to pre-paid tuition programs, hoping for some kind of guarantee they will be able to afford their children’s tuition when the time comes.

Has Madigan given up on economic opportunity and responsible government?

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Instiitute Sep. 13, 2016, 9:25am

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s current tax-and-spend policies and protection of special interests stand in contrast to the speaker’s past statements declaring the need for economic growth and opportunity.

Illinois bill backlog expected to reach $14 billion

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 6, 2016, 2:09pm

Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach new highs by summer 2017.

Challenge to St. Clair County judges' candidacies expected at Supreme Court; Judges have Madigan lawyer on their side

Ann Maher Aug. 30, 2016, 9:31am

Not too many Chicago attorneys enjoy household name recognition in the Metro-East, but one connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J.

Liberty Justice Center challenges Illinois Election Day voter law

Deana Carpenter Aug. 9, 2016, 1:54pm

CHICAGO - The Liberty Justice Center in Chicago has announced a lawsuit against the state board of elections that seeks to challenge the Illinois Election Day voter registration law.

Illinoisans suffer, politicians get paid

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 19, 2016, 9:44am

Members of the Illinois General Assembly should end pensions for politicians once and for all. And a pay cut would send an equally powerful message. Their job performance demands as much.

Two SIU retirees among top 400 pensioners in the state, report says

Karen Kidd Jul. 8, 2016, 9:42am

Two Edwardsville pensioners, whose combined annual pension is almost $476,000, made the top 400 in Tax Payers United of America's 10th Annual Report of Illinois State Pensions.

Group connected to Madigan, Emanuel sues to block redistricting amendment from ballot

Jonathan Bilyk May 13, 2016, 9:07am

An attorney connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court to block a referendum from landing on the ballot, which would ask Illinois voters to reform the way Illinois creates the legislative districts from which state lawmakers are elected.