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Illinois House passes resolution encouraging tourism in the Bahamas

Marianna Schmiesing, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 26, 2017, 8:25am

State representatives passed House Resolution 290, encouraging tourism between Illinois and the Bahamas.

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.

Congressmen recommend McCarter to serve as Kenyan ambassador in letter to Trump

Ann Maher May 12, 2017, 12:33pm

Even though he has a long record of ministering to the needs of Kenyans, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) believes he would not likely be considered for an ambassadorship to the East African nation if not for the eight years' learning experience he's had in Springfield.

McCarter constituents seem to say 'read my lips: no new taxes'

Chandra Lye Feb. 16, 2017, 7:50am

A constituent survey conducted by State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, found that voters are resoundingly against any new taxes and would rather see government cut its spending.

Illinois Policy Action highlights issue of term limiting state lawmakers; State senator says he 'self term limits'

Hanna Nakano Oct. 21, 2015, 11:30am

Citizens interested in learning more about how term-limit policy could change the political landscape in Illinois can observe debates and discussions via the Illinois Policy Action, the lobbying arm of the Illinois Policy Institute. 

Haine blames China, unfair trade for loss of manufacturing jobs

Hanna Nakano Oct. 14, 2015, 2:17pm

One Illinois lawmaker is blaming China for the state's massive job loss in the manufacturing sector.

The crazy cartoon world of Illinois public pensions

The Madison County Record Sep. 23, 2015, 6:59am

Strange things happen in cartoons – things that could never happen in real life, things that are physically impossible – but cartoon lovers know that and delight in the alternate “reality.” The absurd goings-on are an essential part of animated humor.

The Audacity of Arrogance: The Fresh Prince of Hot Air

John J. Hopkins Aug. 2, 2008, 10:14am

Hopkins The problem, therefore, dear readers, is not that he is black, but that he's green.

QA: Anytime is right time for ADR, says specialist Kirn

Ann Knef Dec. 6, 2007, 7:43am

Kim Kirn Kim L. Kirn is a trained mediator with US Arbitration and Mediation-Midwest, Inc. and graduate of University of Notre Dame Law School. Kirn, having authored a column in the Record in October, provided a more detailed look at her career in "ADR," alternate dispute resolution, in the following "QA."

Reality of Obama taking hold

Dan Proft Oct. 14, 2007, 5:47am

Fred Thompson is not the only presidential candidate suffering under the weight of unrealistic expectations. It appears that exuberant Democrat primary voters are finding out that Barack Obama's appeal begins and ends with his personal story.

Senate candidates embody tort debate

Steve Stanek Sep. 6, 2004, 5:21pm

Haine the trial lawyer vs. Sherrill the businessman.