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Tort reform needs to be part of 'grand bargain,' advocate says

Karen Kidd Feb. 17, 2017, 7:21am

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner urged lawmakers on Wednesday to reach a budget deal that includes cost-saving system reforms as well as new taxes, a legal reform advocate said there also needs to be tort reform.

Proposed payroll tax seen as burden on business

Kristin Regula Feb. 2, 2017, 8:54am

While it might not be such a problem for big businesses to absorb a proposed "Business Opportunity" tax - "for the privilege of doing business in the state" - small business owners could suffer the greatest.

Senate adopts leadership term limits while House again adopts 'Madigan's rules'

Karen Kidd Jan. 25, 2017, 10:50am

SPRINGFIELD – Newly adopted term limits for the Illinois Senate president and minority leader were approved on the new General Assembly's first day earlier this month, but any kind of similar proposal for leaders in the lower chamber will not likely advance under "Madigan's rules."

State GOP robocalls target Democrats who voted to re-elect Madigan as speaker

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 23, 2017, 6:21am

SPRINGFIELD — After the Illinois General Assembly voted once again to elect Democrat Michael Madigan of Chicago as House Speaker, the Illinois Republican Party responded with robocalls to voters in 18 targeted districts.

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 pension 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.