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Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies migrating from California

W.J. Kennedy Jun. 21, 2017, 11:42am

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation introduced in the House that would require state agencies in Illinois to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump is nearly identical to one advancing in the California legislature.

Should shooter have been allowed to retain FOID card?

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2017, 10:45am

The gunned down shooter from Belleville who on Wednesday brought the country to its knees possessed a valid Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card, authorities say.

What's a junk bond and why Illinois will be America's first 'junk' state

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 19, 2017, 7:10am

Illinois’ bonds are currently priced like they are junk-rated.

Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to budget crisis

John Kristof, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 19, 2017, 6:48am

Popular lotteries may stop gambling on Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers pass legislation requiring financial impact statements on executive orders, ignore cost of bills they pass

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 12, 2017, 2:21pm

House Bill 2379 would require fiscal impact statements on every executive order. However, less than 3 percent of bills enacted into law in the 99th General Assembly had fiscal notes.

Illinois budget deficit projected to hit $6.2 billion by June 30, grow to $7.7 billion by June 2018

Eric Kohn, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 8, 2017, 4:42pm

The state’s bill backlog is expected to hit $22.7 billion and pension costs are predicted to grow 14 percent by fiscal year 2018.

Our General Assembly is generally dissembling

The Madison County Record Jun. 7, 2017, 9:03am

Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly have their priorities. Getting a budget passed may not be one of them, but finding new sources of revenue to share with their cronies – or simply squander – apparently is.

Lawsuit seeks back pay for Illinois lawmakers

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 5, 2017, 11:38am

Former state Sen. Michael Noland is suing for back pay after the General Assembly nixed cost-of-living adjustments and forced furlough days.

Metro-East area taxpayers would pay an extra $117M if Democrats’ tax hike becomes law

LGIS Newsfeed May 31, 2017, 9:58am

Metro-East area taxpayers would see a total of $117 million in state income tax increases if a tax hike measure passed by the Democrat-controlled Illinois State Senate becomes law.

Unclaimed property bill affecting life insurance policies back to '96 passes; Not without criticism

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 4:42pm

A law requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996 has passed the Illinois General Assembly.

Robocalls targeting three local House districts with strong message against income tax hike

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 11:59am

A proposal increasing state income taxes by 32 percent that passed in the State Senate by Democrats only has inspired the state GOP to target certain House district with robocalls in advance of a possible vote.

Illinois income tax hike to 5% opens door for a progressive tax hike

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute May 30, 2017, 8:55am

An income tax hike to 5 percent makes a call for a progressive tax system during the 2018 gubernatorial race a much easier sell.

Ignore at your own risk: radio frequency/microwave radiation

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 8:35am

In a breaking news story on March 3, the CA Department of Public Health, in a widely distributed report, released a draft document outlining heath officials' concerns about cellphone radiation exposure after keeping it under wraps for over seven years. For those who have denied the hazards of cell phone usage in the past, this study cannot be ignored. Cell phones emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMF's (electromagnetic fields).

Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

The Madison County Record May 24, 2017, 11:42am

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which early investors see quality returns, not because their money was invested wisely as the investors are led to believe, but because new investors fund the payouts. The cycle perpetuates itself – more and more new investors are needed to continue to fund previous investors' returns at an unbeknownst higher risk to themselves – until it inevitably collapses.

Illinois House has spent less than six hours in session this month

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute May 22, 2017, 3:00pm

House members have spent as much time playing softball and basketball as they have in session since the beginning of May.

Report shows 'true' accounting of pension liabilities more than double what governments say; Expert: debt is 'utterly absurd'

Ann Maher May 17, 2017, 10:04am

Financial expert Mark Glennon of Wilmette says in his analysis of a new study on state and local pensions that the only way to reduce the substantial obligations facing Illinois funds are by amending the state constitution or through federal bankruptcy.

Brady 'bargain' is just another unbalanced budget

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute May 15, 2017, 6:25am

The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn for the summer on May 31 – which means lawmakers have less than three weeks to pass a state budget. State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, has proposed what he hopes may be the big “compromise” to end the impasse.

While Metro East residents struggle, local lawmakers continue to get paid over 2-week spring break

Hilary Gowins, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 17, 2017, 8:25am

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned April 11 without passing a balanced budget or tackling essential reforms to save the state from financial ruin.

Moody's warning of an 'inflection' point in Illinois signals need for reform

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 4, 2017, 7:05am

Illinois lawmakers should heed Moody’s Investors Service’s warnings about the state’s precarious economic health and dire fiscal situation and enact major structural spending reforms to balance the budget.

Time to give taxpayers a victory after opening day

State Rep. Charlie Meier Mar. 31, 2017, 12:15pm

Cardinals Opening Day against the Chicago Cubs is on the horizon, which is something most baseball fans can all look forward to. But there is something else I look forward to happening, and that is for both Democrats and Republicans to work together and approve a balanced state budget.