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Property taxes grow faster than Illinoisans' ability to pay for them

John Klingner and Evelyn Hussey Jul. 18, 2017, 12:47pm

Illinois homeowners’ property taxes are among the highest in the nation. They are consuming more and more of Illinoisans’ incomes.

St. Clair County GOP head, running for 113th House District, calls tax hikes 'misguided'

Glenn Minnis Jul. 12, 2017, 10:28am

St. Clair County GOP chair and candidate for state representative Doug Jameson said he fears that Illinois’ new state budget leaves the state in its worst predicament yet.

Illinois' $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 11, 2017, 8:55am

School districts’ have borrowed over $21 billion, increasing the burden on Illinois taxpayers.

Illinoisans are still waiting for independence

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 7, 2017, 12:11pm

More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals stood up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day.

Statements on veto override

Letters to Editor Jul. 7, 2017, 7:51am

Rauner: Speaker Madigan’s 32 percent permanent income tax increase will force another tax hike in the near future.

44-0

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 28, 2017, 11:21am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won the 2014 gubernatorial election on a 44-point Turnaround Agenda meant to “shake up Springfield.”

'Show Me State' shows Illinois the way on lawsuit reform

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Jun. 27, 2017, 8:55am

It is tale of two states – the “Show Me State” and the “Sue Me State.”

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).