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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.

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.

Metro East median property taxes rank in the top 50 highest in Illinois

Eric Kohn, Illinois Policy Institute May 16, 2017, 8:54am

High property taxes in the Metro East region are fueling out-migration from the area.

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.

Puerto Rico's 'bankruptcy' a warning to Illinois

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute May 8, 2017, 11:14am

Illinois needs to enact structural spending reforms to avoid following Puerto Rico down the path to insolvency.

McCaleb: Is Statehouse conversation fake because it ignores Illinois' fiscal reality?

Dan McCaleb, Illinois News Network May 5, 2017, 12:59pm

By definition, fake news ignores the facts. It disregards and/or distorts the truth to deliver a message that is far removed from reality. I would argue that much of the news coming out of the Illinois Statehouse is fake.

Illinois' April 30 tax freedom day is tied for latest in Midwest

Craid Lesner, Illinois Policy Institute May 1, 2017, 10:36am

When it comes to taxes, everyone works for the government. Illinoisans worked 120 days – from Jan. 1 until April 30 – to pay the taxes they owe to federal, state and local governments.

New report confirms need for lawsuit reforms in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Apr. 25, 2017, 1:07pm

It should not come as any surprise but personal injury lawyers have found a new way to game the system in Illinois.

BLS report shows weak economy in Illinois, recovery in neighboring states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 25, 2017, 7:36am

Illinois saw a 0.23 percent increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2017, the third-worst growth rate in the region.

Do the Democrats in Springfield really need a bargain?

Diana Rickert, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 20, 2017, 2:26pm

For almost two years, we’ve heard a litany of excuses for why Illinois does not have a state budget.

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.

The shrinking Metro-East

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 11, 2017, 11:01am

Recently released census data reveal that St. Clair and Madison counties saw combined population losses of more than 1,600 people due to out-migration to other states.

Illinois workers' compensation rules cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion a year

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 10, 2017, 8:51am

State and local costs for workers’ compensation are out of line with what other states pay.

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. 

Illinois has hurt its economy by piling on taxes since the great recession

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 27, 2017, 12:25pm

State and local tax hikes in Illinois have hurt economic growth, lowered the standard of living, and contributed to out-migration.

Illinois politicians vote to divert $300 million from state coffers to fuel local spending

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 19, 2017, 12:54pm

Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.

Sugary drink tax would be bitter pill to swallow

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 13, 2017, 2:55pm

Illinois holds more than $66 million worth of stocks and bonds in PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple alone.

Springfield week in review: Crisis builds with no budget

State Sen. Kyle McCarter Mar. 7, 2017, 5:48pm

Disappointing. Frustrating. Intolerable. These are just a few words that come to mind when characterizing the Senate’s week (Feb. 27-March 3) of little action, especially when it comes to our number one job: the state budget. However, I still have hope that common sense and courage will win in the end, and we will get a budget that will allow Illinois to move forward economically.

Majority of Illinois voters support a 'no tax hike budget'

John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 7, 2017, 4:18pm

More than half of Illinois voters want lawmakers to balance the budget by only cutting state spending.